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Diabetes Support

New Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)
Please plan to come to our pre-registration on the following dates:
Call for more information and upcoming classes.

You will receive a FREE GIFT when you attend our pre-registration!

Kentucky Employee Health Plan (KEHP) covers most of theses services as well as some other insurance providers. Those participants without insurance coverage will pay a minimal fee.

Please contact us at 502-955-7837 to register! For more information, please click here.

Upcoming Support Group Meeting Dates

The Bullitt County Health Department has sponsored a Support Group for people with diabetes for many years. Initially these were held at the public library. For the past 14 years, since moving to our current facility, we have met here. Some of those who were in the early group continue to come regularly to the meetings.

The group meets the second Thursday of each month (unless otherwise noted) at the health department annex building. There is no charge to attend and you do not have to register.

Class Dates

DATE LOCATION TIME
September 8, 2016 BCHD Annex 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
October 13, 2106 BCHD Annex 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
November 10, 2016
BCHD Annex 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
December 8, 2016 BCHD Annex 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
January 12, 2017 BCHD Annex 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
February 9, 2017 BCHD Annex 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Please contact us at 502-955-5355, if you just want to know more information about the meeting. All meetings are FREE of charge.

Diabetes 101 Comprehensive Self-Management

A Comprehensive Self-Management Class Series - This series of four classes is an introduction to diabetes, discusses what diabetes is and how you will take care of yourself into the future. This is a good class for anyone who feels that they do not know much about their diabetes condition. If you are affected by diabetes (type 1 or 2) or maybe at high risk for developing diabetes, this class is for you. Come and find out about the newest medications, glucose monitors, and other products designed specifically for people with diabetes.

Class 1: Diabetes overview, Healthy coping and diabetes, Behavior changes and goal setting, Monitoring
Class 2:
Alternative medications, Taking medications
Class 3:
Nutrition Basics, Problem Solving
Class 4:
Being active, Reducing risks, Preparing for a disaster

Registration is required; call 502-955-5355. The classes are free!

Next class session is:

WHEN:April 4, 2017 2:00-4:00pm

WHERE: Bullitt County Health Department
Call 502-955-5355 to sign up!
 

FLU & PNEUMONIA SHOTS

Persons with diabetes or other chronic health problems need a flu shot every year. Flu shots do not give 100% protection but they do make it harder for you to catch the flu for about 6 months. You want to be sure and get your flu shot at least 2-3 weeks before the “flu season” begins so that you will be sufficiently protected. It is a good idea for the people you are around regularly to also get their flu shot. People with diabetes are about 3 times more likely to die with flu and pneumonia. A pneumonia shot is also recommended and can protect you from other infections caused by the same bacteria. Pneumonia shots can be given anytime during the year. 

FIVE FACTS ABOUT DIABETES

With so much health information readily available, it’s often hard for the nearly 26 million Americans living with diabetes to separate fact from fiction. To help people with diabetes better understand how to manage the disease, the National Diabetes Education Program provides five facts about diabetes.

Fact #1: Diabetes is a serious disease. It can lead to serious complications such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and lower limb amputations. People with diabetes can take steps to manage it and lower their risk for complications. Make healthy food choices, be physically active, and stay at a healthy weight. Good diabetes care includes managing the ABCs of diabetes—as measured by the A1C test, blood pressure, and cholesterol—to help avoid having a heart attack, stroke, or other problems.

Fact #2: The only way to know for sure what your levels are is to check your blood glucose. The absence of symptoms of high blood glucose is an unreliable guide for judging glucose control, since symptoms do not occur until blood glucose reaches high levels. Diabetes is often called a “silent disease” because it can cause serious complications even before you have symptoms. Set your blood glucose targets with your diabetes care team. Ask your health care team to show you how to self-monitor your blood glucose. Keep a record of your results, and share them with your team. Also, know your A1C goal and keep a record of your test results, which reflect your average blood glucose levels over the past three months. It is the best way to know how well your blood glucose is controlled overall.

Fact #3: Small amounts of foods that contain sugar can be part of a healthy meal plan. If you choose to eat sweet foods, just have a small amount at the end of a healthy meal, not every day, or have a piece of fruit rather than a sugary snack.

Fact #4: A healthy meal plan for people with diabetes is a healthy meal plan for everyone. Eat foods that are high in fiber and low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars. Healthy foods include a colorful mix of fruits and vegetables, fish, lean meats, chicken or turkey without the skin, dry peas or beans, whole grains, and low-fat or skim milk and cheese. Ask your health care team for a healthy meal plan.

Fact #5: Physical activity is safe—and essential—for people with diabetes. Talk to your health care team about ways to safely increase your daily physical activity. Being physically active can help people with diabetes improve their blood glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, and weight. It also helps improve strength, flexibility, and balance. Start by setting small goals until you reach at least 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week. Brisk walking is a good way to move more.

For more information about diabetes, download or order the free Tips to Help You Stay Healthy tip sheet developed by the National Diabetes Education Program at www.YourDiabetesInfo.org or call 1-888-693-NDEP (1-888-693-6337),TTY: 1-866-569-1162.