Diabetes Awareness Month

November marks Diabetes Awareness Month, a time to better educate and understand this life-changing disease affecting millions of Americans. In fact, more than 30 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes, and nearly 2 million more will be diagnosed this year. It's important now more than ever to understand the risks and complications associated with this disease.

There are a variety of factors to look out for when assessing your risk of developing diabetes starting with your weight and family history, in addition to age, ethnic background, and a sedentary lifestyle. While Type 1 diabetes usually starts in childhood, Type 2 diabetes can occur at any time. Maneuvering the challenges of a diabetes diagnosis can be overwhelming. The good news is there are many resources that can help. Whether you need guidance on how to change your diet or the best ways to manage your blood sugar, there's no need to face it alone. Gain control of your diagnosis and feel empowered with the choices you make. While a diagnosis of diabetes can be frightening, with the right team and proper management, you can live a healthy life.

At Sturdy, we offer a wide-variety of services, including diabetes management, nutritional counseling, wellness programs, podiatry services, wound management, and support groups. If you're interested in learning more, please contact 508-236-7151 and visit our events page to find out when our next support group is being held.

How Do I Register for Diabetes Education?

Diabetes education is a standard of care for all people with diabetes and is covered by most insurances. To register, you will need to obtain a referral from your primary care provider. If your provider is in the SMH Network a consult order will be sent to the diabetes message center. The diabetes office coordinator will then contact you to schedule an appointment. 

If your provider is outside of our SMH Network the provider can contact us directly at 508-236-7166 or fax a referral to 508-236-7647.  

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