Jan 19, 2016

A1C Champions Program: Diabetes Together

If you have diabetes, it doesn’t affect just you. It also touches your family and friends who want to know how they can best help you. While people with diabetes are ultimately responsible for their choices, the relationship with a care partner can have a significant impact on how someone manages his or her condition. If you or someone you care for is struggling with diabetes, the A1C Champions® team can provide education and motivation for working together to achieve better blood glucose control.

The Reppell Diabetes Learning Center invites you to attend Diabetes Together on Tuesday, February 23 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Baxter Regional Medical Center Lagerborg Dining Room. Diabetes Together, an A1C Champions Program sponsored by Sanofi US, is for people with diabetes and their care partners. A care partner may be a friend or family member - anyone who supports a diabetes journey.

Diabetes Together features an A1C Champions team - Brian Butler, who has diabetes, and Sheila Butler, his spouse and care partner. Their interactive program is designed to strengthen the partnership between care partners and people with diabetes.

During the 60-minute Diabetes Together presentation, the A1C Champions team will share:

  • Their story about working as a team
  • Information about diabetes and controlling blood sugar
  • Ideas for effective communication
  • How to manage diabetes without it becoming the main focus of your relationship

If you have any questions or would like to register for this free program, please call the RDLC at (870) 508-1765, or email Jodi Bodenhamer, RN, CDE, RDLC Coordinator, at jbodenhamer@baxterregional.org, or click here to register online. Although both patients and care partners are encouraged to attend, individuals are always welcome.

Diabetes is a chronic, widespread condition in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, the hormone needed to transport glucose (sugar) from the blood into the cells of the body for energy. It is estimated that that 387 million people worldwide and nearly 29 million Americans have diabetes, including an estimated 8 million Americans who remain undiagnosed. At the same time, about 40 percent of those diagnosed are not achieving the blood sugar control target of A1C.

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