Diabetes concerns every family.
It is a leading cause of blindness, amputation, heart disease, kidney failure and early death. Not only does diabetes have a tremendous impact on the individual living with the condition but the entire family can be affected as well. For example, approximately 51% of people living with diabetes feel that their diabetes diagnosis puts a strain on their family. Family members play a significant role in the discovery, prevention and management of this condition and therefore need support to cope with the monetary and emotional pressures that a diabetes diagnosis may bring.
Simple action can reduce risk.
Reducing your family's risk of type 2 diabetes starts at home through the adoption of a healthy lifestyle. Over 50% of type 2 diabetes is preventable. Preparing, cooking and sharing healthy meals together can not only help you and your family to adopt healthier eating behaviours (e.g. relying less on highly process foods/restaurant meals) but can help to save money and impart new skills. Family support also helps encourage adoption of other healthy lifestyle behaviours including daily physical activity and improved sleep habits which in turn, can help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.
Worldwide, less than one in every two people with diabetes and one in four family members of people with diabetes have access to specialized diabetes programs. Here at the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, we know that education and ongoing support should be accessible to all individuals and families to help manage their diabetes. Huron Perth Diabetes Programs (HPDP) are located throughout Huron and Perth Counties to offer support to residents living in and around Stratford, St. Marys, Seaforth, Goderich, Wingham, Exeter and Listowel. Each Centre offers a team of Certified Diabetes Educators, consisting of a Registered Dietitian and Registered Nurse providing education and self-management support in areas such as: healthy eating, physical activity, insulin and medication dose adjustments/precautions/timing, gestational diabetes and insulin pump training (Stratford & Goderich Sites). To further increase access to diabetes supports, HPDPs diabetes outreach team is out in communities providing education to local elementary and secondary schools, guest speaking at local organizations and health fairs, partnering with other local healthcare organizations and providing education to clinical staff/students in hospitals, long term care and retirement homes. For additional information or to book an event with the outreach team, contact Samantha Ball at extension 2366 or visit www.huronperthdiabetes.com.
Some of the team members of the Huron Perth Diabetes Education Team! All are Certified Diabetes Educators!
Back Row L to R; Amy Smith,RN; Aileen Knip, RN & Jill Berg; RD
Front Row L to R: Samantha Ball, RD & Megan Johnston, RD