November 19, 2013

November is National Diabetes Month

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Maury Regional Medical Center would like to remind you that November is National Diabetes Month.

Diabetes is a serious disease that can lead to heart attacks, strokes, nerve damage, kidney failure, amputation and blindness. Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and another 79 million have pre-diabetes and are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diabetes in the United States is $24.5 billion.

“Borderline or pre-diabetes means your blood glucose has been running higher than is considered normal but has not reached the range to be diagnosed with diabetes. Making dietary changes, starting an exercise program, and/or losing weight could cause your glucose to go back to a normal range,” said diabetes educator Donna Shedd. “Many times pre-diabetes can be a precursor to type 2 diabetes. If you have been told you have borderline or pre-diabetes, you should be checked for type 2 diabetes every one to two years.”

Here are some other facts about diabetes: 

  • Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among adults
  • 2 out of 3 people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure
  • The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than those without diabetes
  • About 60-70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage
  • Diabetes can cause pain in the hands and feet, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems

More information is available at or by calling 1.800.DIABETES.

The Maury Regional Diabetes Education Group offers monthly programs on the care and management of diabetes on the first Tuesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in Private Dining Room One of the medical center. On December 3, the group will discuss topics covered in 2013 and potential topics for the coming year.

Meeting dates for 2014 are January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, and December 2. For more information, call 931.540.4324 or visit