on Diabetes and Nutrition Center in the Northeast Missouri Health Council will attend the World Diabetes Day on Wednesday with an open house to educate patients about their healthcare options and the public about what it means to treat type 2 diabetes.
Carrie Snyder, coordinator of diet and diabetes education at the center, said the event would be an opportunity to connect the community.
"This is an opportunity to gather audiences and health professionals in one place to discuss diabetes-related problems," said Snyder.
The event will include several live demonstrations of technology such as insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitoring and blood sugar monitoring applications that help patients cope with diabetes, as well as educational materials about diabetes and related conditions such as high blood pressure and high levels cholesterol. It will take place in the conference room of the center at 1506 Crown Drive between the hours of 5-7.
Snyder said the World Day of Diabetes is important because it helps to raise awareness of the condition; up to half of patients with type 2 diabetes have not been diagnosed. Type 2 diabetics do not respond well to insulin and usually develop it later in life; Type 1 diabetics do not produce their own insulin and are usually diagnosed in childhood, although both types may develop later.
Snyder said that diabetes is easier to control if diagnosed before it can cause permanent damage.
Symptoms indicating indicators of type 2 diabetes include an increase in hunger and thirst, frequent urination, and sudden weight loss.
"It may take many years for patients to have type 2 symptoms, so we will have several paper screens in which people can assess the risk of diabetes," said Snyder.
The open facility will also provide measures to control the stress that diabetes can have on patients and their families, including the daily stress associated with monitoring blood sugar levels and compliance with the sometimes restrictive treatment and interpersonal stress associated with discussing the state with others. Other topics include diabetes prevention and nutritional treatment, including programs available for Medicare patients.
Patients who are uninsured or uninsured may apply for treatment from suppliers, including NEMHC, who provide services on a mobile scale based on income levels.
Snyder said she's trying to eliminate the misunderstandings that patients may have about diabetes treatment. She said that many patients have misconceptions about insulin and mistakenly think it is risky.
"This is just one of the treatments," said Snyder. "There is nothing wrong with administering insulin."
Snyder also wants to help patients suffering from diabetes and the general public understand that type 2 diabetes is not only due to the intake of large amounts of sugar. This is a risk factor, as is excessive caloric intake and physical inactivity, but also age and family history. Snyder said that people can develop type 2 diabetes, even if they live a healthy lifestyle, and patients should not be confronted with social stigma.
"People think of type 2 as a lifestyle disease, and that's not the case," said Snyder. "There are many factors contributing to this."