Diabetes can be a scary diagnosis. When left untreated, it can lead to other health complications including heart disease, kidney damage, as well as, risk of stroke and even nerve damage. While it is a severe chronic disease in the United States, diabetes doesn’t have to hold you back from a healthy life. The key is to learn to manage it. In Nevada, more than 280,000 adults live with diabetes. Luckily, there are some resources available to help educate yourself, self-manage your illness and improve your overall wellbeing. Access to Healthcare (AHN) is one of those resources.
What is the program?
AHN’s Diabetes Self-Management Education program is a six-week workshop designed to help individuals gain the skills needed to manage their blood sugar levels. If you’re a Nevada resident living with type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes, you have access to participate in the workshop. You will receive an individualized comprehensive education plan consisting of diet, exercise and lifestyle modifications that are catered to your goals. Additionally, you’ll receive a one-on-one consultation with a registered dietitian, six group classes, including nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, along with a follow-up assessment and support.
What are the benefits of taking the program?
How you manage and care for yourself creates a domino effect of benefits. You will have a better understanding of your illness and the information needed to track changes and improve your overall health. Participants who have completed the Diabetes Self-Management Education program have reported the following:
- Improved control and management of diabetes-related symptoms
- Improved A1C and blood glucose levels
- Improved control of blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Reduced risk of complications such as stroke and heart attack
- Reduced medical care costs
Where can I learn more?
To learn more about the workshop schedule, cost or specific topics covered, check out https://www.accesstohealthcare.org/diabetesclasses/. Remember, diabetes education services fall under the preventative or wellness and chronic disease support services, one of your 10 Essential Health Benefits.