Program Helps You Improve Quality of Life
People living with type 2 diabetes are at higher risk than others of heart and kidney disease and additional complications that worsen their quality of life. Step Up, a new Cooley Dickinson Hospital program, can help diabetics better manage weight gain and blood glucose levels.
Two landmark studies, The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial and the
United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study, support the American Diabetes Association’s position that vigorous treatment of diabetes can decrease chronic complications.
By offering Step Up, the CDH Center for Excellence in Diabetes Education will provide a structured diabetes monitoring program to help diabetics reduce the complications from their disease. A $10,000 grant from Novo Nordisk partially funds Cooley Dickinson’s program, which offers a group approach to exercise, nutrition, and medication management. Program participants gain tools and resources to manage their diabetes for lifelong success.
“We know that it can be difficult for people to balance work and family commitments as well as manage their diabetes,” said Kelly Henry, RN, certified diabetes nurse educator. “That’s why we created Step Up, so that participants will get the extra, individualized attention as well as the support of others who understand the challenges of living with diabetes.”
Step Up, a twelve-week series, features exercise and educational sessions in 30-to 60-minute sessions beginning in March or April at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. If you are between the ages of 30 and 65 and interested in Step Up, call the Center for Excellence in Diabetes Education at 585-0039 for more information.