Camden Campus Offers Diabetes Education

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: July 17, 2007 – According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 20.8 million people or 7% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 6.2 million people are not aware that they have this disease. And Georgians aren’t exempt. According to the Georgia Department of Human Resources, in 2006 more than 7.3 % of adult Georgians reported that they had been diagnosed with diabetes. Since 1987, the death rate due to diabetes in the United States has increased by 45%, while the death rates due to heart disease, stroke, and cancer have declined.

An important component in controlling diabetes is proper self-care. Fortunately, Camden County residents who have diabetes have the access the Southeast Georgia Health System Outpatient Diabetes Education Program. The program was recently awarded the prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program. According to the ADA, the Health System’s program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

Currently, there is a diabetes support group that meets every third Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. in the Southeast Georgia Health System Camden Campus cafeteria, 2000 Dan Proctor Drive, St. Marys. There is also another Tuesday class beginning Aug. 21 that will meet from 4-6 p.m. Additionally, Friday morning sessions will begin on Aug. 10 from 10:30-noon, while Monday evening classes will begin Aug. 13 starting at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required for all classes. To pre-register or for more information, please call Evelyn Tatum, RN, registered diabetes educator, at 576-6488. For information about other educational events, please visit www.sghs.com.