Diabetes Patient Educates Peers on Taking Control of the Disease
Loretha Huff will be delivering a free educational program at Lincoln County Medical Center
to share diabetes self-management and lifestyle strategies based on extensive training and her personal experience living with diabetes.
Loretha is a member of the A1C Champions® Program, supported by Sanofi, which is a patientled
approach to diabetes education. A1C Champions® know first-hand the challenges and obstacles to
maintaining control of their diabetes. They are REAL people…with REAL A1C control…providing REAL
Loretha will cover topics including:
• Achieving good glucose control
• Learning about effective self-management
• Developing a balanced, healthy lifestyle
• Planning and prioritizing diabetes management
• Overcoming fears surrounding diabetes
• Finding resources for diabetes support
If you or someone you know is struggling with diabetes or has an A1C that is 7% or above, the A1C
Champions® can provide motivation to take those first steps to better blood glucose control. Diabetes
patients need to know they are not alone and there are people like Loretha who can help them along their journey with diabetes.
Diabetes is a chronic, widespread condition characterized by high blood sugar 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 nearly 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, including an estimated 7 million who remain undiagnosed. At the same time, about 40 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes did not achieve the blood sugar control target of A1C <7 percent recommended by the American Diabetes Association The A1C test measures average blood glucose levels over the past two- to three-month period.
WHEN: Thursday, 10/18/12 at 6:30pm
WHERE: Lincoln County Medical Center, , 1000 East Cherry Street, Troy, MO 63379
CONTACT: Rose Ottinger at 636-528-8551 x5275 or firstname.lastname@example.org.