Feb 23, 2013

Diabetes classes offered

GREENVILLE--A1C is a blood test that shows your average blood glucose throughout the day, for the last 2-3 months. The American Diabetes Association recommends that your A1C level be 7% or less (an average blood glucose of 154 mg/dl), and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recommends that your A1C level be 6.5% or less (an average blood glucose of 140 mg/dl).

So why would your A1C level be higher than your average blood glucose level? You may be testing your blood glucose the first thing in the morning. It may be within target range at this time; however, your blood glucose may increase throughout the day. You may be basing your blood glucose readings on your premeal blood glucose levels. This does not take into account your blood glucose levels after you eat. Your blood glucose may also increase throughout the night when you are sleeping.

Testing your blood glucose at alternating times throughout the day will help you learn how food, activity, stress, illness, and medication affect your blood glucose. To learn more about what can affect your blood glucose levels, interoperating your results, improving blood glucose and lowering your risk of complications consider attending group classes at Wayne HealthCare.

The classes are for individuals who are newly diagnosed and individuals who have had diabetes for years. Group classes meet once a week for four weeks. The cost of each class is $10 or $40 for the series of four classes. The next class series will be held March 4, 13, 20, and 27, 9-11 a.m. Pre-registration for the classes is required.

If these dates do not work with your schedule the classes will be held at alternating times throughout the day. Morning classes will be held from 9 -11 a.m. in June, October and December. Afternoon classes will be held from 1-3 p.m. in April, July, August, and November. Evening classes will be held 6-8 p.m. in May, and September.

For more information regarding the programs offered by Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Self Management Program, call 547-5750.

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