Free Glucose Finger Sticks from 3 to 5 p.m.
November is American Diabetes Month. In support of awareness, Diabetes Services at Cumberland Medical Center invites you and your loved ones to join them for a special open house in their new location at the hospital’s Cleveland Street side on Thursday, November 2 from 3 to 5 p.m.
According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 817, 852 people in Tennessee have diabetes. This is nearly 15 percent of the state’s overall population. Every year, an estimated 38,000 people in Tennessee are diagnosed with diabetes.
“We are delighted to be in our new location,” said Linda Brown, registered dietitian with CMC’s diabetes services. “Moving from the fourth floor to the ground level off Cleveland Street is much more convenient to our patients.”
Tours of the department and information on diabetes will be provided along with free glucose finger sticks, an important health screening that measures your body’s glucose level. This tool may help indicate if one’s blood sugar (glucose) falls within a range that needs to be discussed with their primary care physician. Refreshments will also be available.
Diabetes is a chronic condition that results when the body produces little to no insulin to help process blood sugar (glucose). Prediabetes is often diagnosed when there is an elevated blood sugar, but it is not yet high enough to have the condition completely.
Proper education, diet, and exercise can help prevent, and in some cases, prevent diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes can often result in blindness, kidney disease, amputations, heart disease, and neuropathy.
Diabetes Services at CMC helps provide diabetes self-management education, which is often covered by most insurance plans. The center also holds a monthly diabetes support group to further assist one in their journey of living with diabetes. For more information, contact Diabetes Services at Cumberland Medical Center by calling (931) 459-7194.