FCMC Diabetes Educator Kayla Smith, RN, BSN has worked at FCMC since 2017. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Kayla is also set to obtain her Master of Science degree in Nursing, with a concentration in Nursing Education, in December 2019 from Wilson College.
For more information on how Kayla can help you learn about diabetes call her for a one-on-one consultation or ask about the upcoming Diabetes Self-Management Classes for 2019. She can be reached at 717-485-6165.
General Diabetes Education
It's possible that you or perhaps family members either have diabetes or could be at risk for the disease. Did you know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes? If you are dealing with diabetes now, it’s a good idea to find diabetes education services located close to home, near McConnellsburg, PA. FCMCoffers you expert diabetes education in a caring atmosphere so you and your family can learn vital information that can improve your quality of life.
Our goal is to provide diabetic education to the community so that they may participate in the management of their care and prevent or delay complication of the disease.
Diabetes is a serious, chronic medical condition that occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to rein in its blood glucose (or blood sugar) levels. A hormone produced by the pancreas, insulin converts glucose into energy that your body can use to fuel its daily activities. If your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, then blood sugar backs up in the bloodstream instead of being distributed to the cells.
Whenever people’s blood glucose levels remain too high over a long period of time, they put themselves at risk for a number of devastating complications, including kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, blindness, neuropathy
Types of Diabetes
The term "diabetes” does not refer to a single disease, but rather a collection of diseases that affect the body’s ability to produce or manage insulin. The three most common forms of
·Type 1 Diabetes: The most devastating form of the disease, Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder. Also called juvenile diabetes, it typically takes hold in childhood or adolescence, causing the immune system to attack insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. People who suffer from Type 1 diabetes must take insulin injections every day in order to stay alive.
·Type 2 Diabetes: The most common form of diabetes, Type 2 develops later in life, resulting from a combination of genetic factors and lifestyle choices (e.g., a diet high in refined sugars). Type 2 diabetes impairs the body’s ability to make insulin, although it usually doesn’t destroy it completely.
·Gestational Diabetes: Pregnant women can also develop a form of the disease known as gestational diabetes, which typically disappears after the delivery of the child.
How to Spot the Symptoms of Diabetes
Many diabetics experience no symptoms until they show up at a medical clinic with an emergency, but most will notice the effects of the disease before long. Some of the most common symptoms of diabetes include:
- Extreme thirst
- Frequent urination
- Weight loss
- Increased appetite
- Extreme fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Numbness or tingling in the extremities
- Frequent or persistent infections
Keeping Diabetes at Bay
The best way to deal with Type 2 diabetes is to prevent it in the first place. In order to do so, people with borderline diabetes or relatively high blood sugar levels must limit their sugar intake, manage their weight, increase the amount of exercise they do on a regular basis, and incorporate healthy foods into their diet. Even when such corrective measures come too late to prevent the disease, they can help to delay the onset of diabetes.
There is no cure for diabetes, but it is possible to manage the disease with the help of a diabetes doctor and the resources provided by a medical health center. To begin with, diabetics should follow the same advice as pre-diabetics, which means improving their diet and exercise routine. Of course, those with full-blown diabetes need to work even harder to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Many must take insulin injections to compensate for the fact that their body doesn’t produce enough of the hormone on its own.
Continue Your Diabetes Education
The first step toward preventing or managing diabetes is understanding it. That’s why the team at the Fulton Medical Center in McConnellsburg, PA places so much emphasis on diabetes education. In addition to offering emergency care services in PA, we teach people how to tackle the disease head-on. By doing so, we help improve patient outcomes and ensure a higher quality of life.
For more information call the Fulton County Medical Center at (717) 485-6165.