Summary: Adventist GlenOaks Hospital is hosting free diabetes education classes at the hospital, 701 Winthrop Ave., Glendale Heights. The classes are free but seating is limited; register by calling 630-856-7525.
Glendale Heights – Most of the patients that certified diabetes nurse educator Melanie Siedlinski teaches at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital are not new to diabetes, but when it comes to managing their disease, many can use help keeping their blood sugars under control. That’s why Adventist GlenOaks Hospital is offering a free monthly diabetes education class. The class is geared toward all persons with diabetes: Type I and Type II, newly diagnosed and those who have battled the condition for years.
The class will meet at the following times at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, 701 Winthrop Ave., Glendale Heights:
- 9:30-10:30 a.m. Aug. 17
- 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sept 20
- 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 31
- 9-10 a.m. Nov. 18
Dates and times are subject to change so please call 630-856-7525 to register.
Topics to be covered include types of medications and how they work; weight loss and carbohydrate counting basics; handling low blood sugar; when to test blood sugar and what constitutes good blood sugar numbers; how weight gain brings on diabetes and how weight loss improves diabetes.
“For every child born in 2000, one in five will have diabetes and it’s because of the obesity rate in America,” Siedlinski said. “That’s why we talk about weight and what we can do to help.”
While the subject matter of each class will vary based on the participants’ needs, everyone will leave with a basic meal plan and a better understanding of diabetes. People can come to more than one class. They can also bring a family member or friend. Siedlinski also recommends consulting with a dietitian.
“For persons with diabetes, it seems like there’s 10,000 things to do,” Siedlinski said. “I can help them focus on what’s not working and what they want to change.”
When registering, participants should mention what type of diabetes they have, the name of their doctor and their current medications, so the class content can be individualized to meet the group’s needs.
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.