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Somebody To Lean On: Support Groups Offer Help For Diabetes

Somebody To Lean On: Support Groups Offer Help For Diabetes

Home Blog Somebody to Lean On: Support Groups Offer Help for Diabetes Somebody to Lean On: Support Groups Offer Help for Diabetes When David Ellers doctor told him that he had type 2 diabetes nearly 20 years ago, his wife, Helen Eller, was worried. She was sure her husband wouldnt cooperate with the drastic changes to diet and lifestyle that the disease requires. Ill be frank. Hes kind of bullheaded, Eller said. I thought, Oh my God, hes going to fight me every step of the way. But he didnt. Hes been a model patient. Eller said her husbands cooperation might not have been so easy without his diabetes support group. On the second Monday of every month, the Ellers attend the Middle Georgia Diabetes Support Group, offered by the South Central Health District in Dublin, Ga. They learn tips from diabetes experts, but they also go to share information with other people dealing with diabetes. Eller, 72, said she and her husband, 75, get help from the support group that they cant get from his regular doctor. At a doctors appointment, you get maybe 10 minutes if youre lucky. Even with the best doctor, its not the same as sitting down with another person who deals with the same problems that you do, she said. Experts are increasingly recommending support groups as an important part of diabetes care. Although research hasnt definitively determined the exact impact of support groups on patients diabetes outcomes, groups like the American Diabetes Association say people can benefit by learning from others with the same condition. Melissa Brantley, health promotion coordinator for the South Central Health District, said the Middle Georgia Diabetes Support Group has helped people who felt they had nowhere else to turn. So many people have come to the group and been close to tears bec Continue reading >>

Support Groups | Endocrinology | Springfield Clinic

Support Groups | Endocrinology | Springfield Clinic

Camp Granada - Camp for Children with Diabetes Camp Granada is an opportunity for children with diabetes to learn more about themselves and their diabetes in a fun-filled and safe camping environment. The program of Camp Granada encourages independence and self-management and is associated with the American Diabetes Association . Camp Granada is designed for children ages 8 years (by 9/1/10) through 16 years of age. Camper Activities: boating, swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, archery, recreation games and nature walks. Evening programs include a carnival, beach party and dance. To provide a fun, healthy, and safe environment for the campers. To stress the importance of normal blood sugar levels and self-management as the goals for all persons with diabetes. To emphasize self-esteem, team building, peer relationships, and positive attitudes about coping with diabetes. A tertiary aspect of the camp will be to educate health professionals and students in the area of diabetes. Greater Illinois Area - American Diabetes Association, Springfield Type 1 Support Group The Greater Illinois Area - American Diabetes Association offers a Type 1 Diabetes support group for children and their families. Events are planned every 3-4 months for discussions on issues and experiences related to Type 1 Diabetes in conjunction to fun filled events. All ages are welcome. Medical Specialties & Services Navigation Continue reading >>

Peer Support Helps With Diabetes Control

Peer Support Helps With Diabetes Control

The importance of support from someone like you By the time Debra Franco connected with another parent of a child with diabetes, she was desperate. Her 8-year-old son, Luke Franco Salazar, had been diagnosed with type 1 and began slipping into a depression. He was the only one in the hospital with diabetes, she says, remembering how Luke felt like the only kid in the world with the disease. It didnt help that he was the only one in his school with diabetes. Luke was so resistant to diabetes care that Franco had to hold him down each time she tested his blood glucose or injected insulin. All the little [diabetes-management] things that complicated his life were just too much for him, she says. His life was different, and he didnt know how to cope with it. But Franco had a hunch that her son could cope, if only he could realize he wasnt alone. Finally, a friend of a friend put Franco in touch with another parent of a child with diabetes. Franco and her new acquaintance set a meet-up for their children along with two other families of kids with diabetes. The simple playdate changed Luke. He was really quiet but watched all the kids check their sugars, Franco says. It was that extra little push to see that he isnt alone, that he can do it, she says. Now 11, Luke checks his blood glucose and injects insulin himself, counts carbs, and reads labels like a pro. Her sons turnaround was so significant that Franco began a support group near her McAllen, Texas, home to help other parents and kids with diabetes connect with one another. Shes a believer in the power of peer supportand shes not alone. At its most basic level, peer support is given and received by people with the same chronic health condition. Often, it involves sharing personal stories and encouraging one another in Continue reading >>

Online Support Resources For People With Diabetes

Online Support Resources For People With Diabetes

Diabetes contributes to complications such as neuropathy and vascular disease, which often lead to limb loss. Getting support from other people with diabetes can help you better manage your condition and help you prevent complications in the future. The following are online support groups and forums for people with diabetes who wish to communicate with others sharing similar experiences. American Diabetes Association Message Boards community.diabetes.org/n/forumIndex.aspx?webtag=adaindex Diabetesbb.org diabetesbb.org Diabetes Care Group diabetescaregroup.info Diabetes Daily diabetesdaily.com/forum/?gclid=CNG6te_7j5UCFROA1QodnC8Mfw diabetes files diabetesfiles.com Diabetes Forums diabetesforums.com Diabetes Health Forums diabeteshealth.com/forums/general/general Diabetes Insight Support diabetes-insight.info dLife Forums dlife.com/diabetes-forum Joslin Diabetes Center Discussion Boards forums.joslin.org TalkDiabetes.net talkdiabetes.net Yahoo Health: All Diabetic International health.groups.yahoo.com/group/alldiabeticinternational It is not the intention of the Amputee Coalition to provide specific medical or legal advice but rather to provide consumers with information to better understand their health and healthcare issues. The Amputee Coalition does not endorse any specific treatment, technology, company, service or device. Consumers are urged to consult with their healthcare providers for specific medical advice or before making any purchasing decisions involving their care. National Limb Loss Resource Center, a program of the Amputee Coalition, located at 900 East Hill Ave., Suite 390, Knoxville, TN 37915 | 888/267-5669 © Amputee Coalition. Local reproduction for use by Amputee Coalition constituents is permitted as long as this copyright information is included. O Continue reading >>

Diabetes Support

Diabetes Support

We provide healthcare, education and support services for those at-risk for diabetes and living with diabetes and their families. Any individual diagnosed with diabetes is automatically eligible to be a part of North Country HealthCare’s diabetes collaborative and diabetes care program. What is Diabetes? Diabetes occurs when a person has too much glucose (or sugar) in their bloodstream and not enough insulin to bring the amount of sugar down to a healthy level for their body. There are four types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes occurs in childhood and happens when the body does not produce insulin. Type 2 or adult-onset diabetes usually occurs in adults and occurs when insulin production slows and/or the body is not able to use the insulin it produced. Prediabetes is diagnosed when sugar levels are higher than normal, but not as high as in diabetes. Gestational diabetes happens during pregnancy when a woman’s body is unable to produce enough insulin or becomes insulin resistant, which results in high blood sugar. Gestational diabetes can be dangerous for the mother and the infant, both during pregnancy and after birth. Education & Group Classes Diabetes education and self-management empowers a person to take control of their diabetes care and needs. We provide education, group classes, support groups and curriculum to give patients the tools they need to achieve health and wellness while managing diabetes. Diabetes in Pregnancy Class The Diabetes in Pregnancy class offers education to prevent, manage, and reduce complications of diabetes, as well as how to maintain a healthy pregnancy. Classes include a prenatal check with a family nurse practitioner and information about your health, your baby’s health, physical activity, healthy diet habits and much more. Your prov Continue reading >>

Diabetes Services

Diabetes Services

Whether your doctor just diagnosed you with diabetes, or you need help to control it, we can assist you in taking care of yourself to prevent or delay the serious problems diabetes may cause. Diabetes is a disease that affects almost every part of your body but its a disease that you can learn to manage. Your healthcare team at John Muir Health can help. Our goal is to empower individuals to manage their diabetes and reduce the risk for long-term complications. You are the most important member of our team and we want to support your efforts. John Muir Health has long been a leader in providing diabetes care in our region. The American Diabetes Association recognizes our program for meeting the national standards for self-management education and support. These standards ensure that our program is comprehensive and well organized and that it is designed to help you understand the disease and learn to manage it. The first step to managing your diabetes is learning about it. Our staff of certified diabetes educators is committed to providing you with the tools you need by offering comprehensive health education that will help you live an active, healthy life with diabetes. Individual appointments and group classes are available to support your needs. Diabetes Prevention: This class is an essential resource for learning about changes to your lifestyle that may help you prevent type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Education* Program: This program offers a series of classes and individual appointments to help you learn about diabetes basics, nutrition, exercise, blood glucose (sugar) monitoring, oral medication, insulin, stress management, other important aspects of your diabetes care to help you gain better control of your diabetes. Insulin start:If your treatment plan requires insul Continue reading >>

How To Find Diabetes Support Groups

How To Find Diabetes Support Groups

Diabetics need information and support, and groups offer both.(ISTOCKPHOTO)Joining a community of people with diabeteseither an online or in-person versioncan provide you with a rich source of encouragement and information. Members can help you solve problems, suggest questions for your next doctor's visit, and get you through tough times. How one man found help online Paul Shirley felt better after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in December 2006. For years he'd been battling sinus infections and fatigue, which he now knows were issues related to the diabetes. He changed his diet and started taking medication. Then he aggravated an old shoulder injury, which required surgery and physical therapy. He started feeling terrible again and had difficulty controlling his blood sugar. Support Group"It's a spirit-lifting type of group" Watch videoMore about diabetes The 56-year-old Easley, S.C., resident wondered if it could be related to his injury. So he asked the members of a diabetes-related email group. Of course, they said: Being sick or injured can throw off your blood sugar. "You can't go to your doctor or even your diabetes educator every time you have a question. But you can go on this list, and people are glad to talk to you about it," he says. Although the support group members aren't experts, their "friendly, experienced" advice is sometimes all the help he needs. Shirley, who's working on his doctorate in psychology, notes that some people in online groups may argue or push unwanted advice on you. In that case, it's best to ignore them or privately email the moderator, the person responsible for maintaining order on the discussion board or email list. To find an online discussion board or email list, check out the American Diabetes Association, dLife, or Diab Continue reading >>

Where To Find More Diabetes Resources

Where To Find More Diabetes Resources

XIAFLEX® is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with Dupuytren's contracture when a "cord" can be felt. It is not known if XIAFLEX® is safe and effective in children under the age of 18. Do not receive XIAFLEX® if you have had an allergic reaction to collagenase clostridium histolyticum or any of the ingredients in XIAFLEX®, or to any other collagenase product. See the end of the Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in XIAFLEX®. Tendon rupture or ligament damage. Receiving an injection of XIAFLEX® may cause damage to a tendon or ligament in your hand and cause it to break or weaken. This could require surgery to fix the damaged tendon or ligament. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have trouble bending your injected finger (towards the wrist) after the swelling goes down or you have problems using your treated hand after your follow-up visit Nerve injury or other serious injury of the hand. Call your healthcare provider right away if you get numbness, tingling, increased pain, or tears in the skin (laceration) in your treated finger or hand after your injection or after your follow-up visit Hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis. Severe allergic reactions can happen in people who receive XIAFLEX® because it contains foreign proteins. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms of an allergic reaction after an injection of XIAFLEX®: Increased chance of bleeding. Bleeding or bruising at the injection site can happen in people who receive XIAFLEX®. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have a problem with your blood clotting. XIAFLEX® may not be right for you. Before receiving XIAFLEX®, tell your healthcare provider if you have had an allergic reaction to a previous XIAFLEX® inject Continue reading >>

Support Groups In New England | Diabetic Connect

Support Groups In New England | Diabetic Connect

By bruinsgirl978 Latest Reply2015-09-03 03:05:40 -0500 I have had Type 1 Diabetes since I was 19. I am now 33 and still do not know anyone I can relate too with this. I am tired. So so tired. I am stressed. My work and home life are effected and I am looking local support groups to meet with. Anyone know of any in Massachusetts or New Hampshire. The American Diabetes Association was not helpful. Where are you in New England? I can do a lookup for you for either people or places where support groups exist and/or people who you can contact. Just send me city, state or area, state. Don't need/want anything more specific than that I can relate. Had diabetes since age TWO and am now 55 (almost 56) which means hit 54 years of extra sweetness in two months!! I've been pumping since age 19 1/2 (34+ years) and CGMS since it's release 17+ years ago. I can definitely relate to your feelings but there ARE certain things to check and to do. send me a message if want to You might try to contact the ADA or JDRF in your area to see if they have any info on support groups. When I lived in west central NH, I went to one in Newport. I learned of it through a diabetic acquaintance who was very active in the ADA. Most local hospitals also have support groups for various conditions. Since moving to Florida, I haven't joined any support group but know that there is one that meets at my local hospital. Hope you find what you need. Thanks but I already go to Joslin. The support group right now is for teens to 30. I was too old to get in. They have a Do It program but my insurance won't cover it and I can't afford time off. Thanks though. Please contact the Joslin Center in Boston, they have the largest diabetes center in new england. The phone number to reach them is 617-309-2440. I will be st Continue reading >>

Support Programs Nevada Diabetes Association

Support Programs Nevada Diabetes Association

Meets Every 2nd Wednesday of the Month at: Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum -490 Center Street-Reno, NV 89501-Time: 6:30-7:30 pm Diabetic Children and Family Support Group and Reno Family Support Group- are special and supportive environment for parents and children to learn about diabetes management. Features include: guest speakers, youth activities, special events and parties. These events take place the first Tuesday (LV) and the 2nd Wednesday of the month (in Reno). DCAF/ FS have helped ease the pain and frustration of newly diagnosed families. This group has created a forum for those affect by diabetes to come and share thoughts, ideas and ease suffering. 3.Las Vegas Injection Connection and Northern Injection Connection Teen Support Groups Events and Times are all located on calendar . Please also see the Teen Events and Programming-Injection Connection Tab 4.ADEMS Adult Diabetes Support Group Las Vegas Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month. West Charleston Library- 6301 West Charleston Blvd- Las Vegas, NV. Time 5pm. ADEMS Provides valuable up to date information on the management and control of diabetes. When one is in the center of the community there is no need to look in from afar. ADEMS is where the in crowd with diabetes is on the second Tuesday of each month. If you ever had questions about diabetes and wish to know how others are managing their disease process or if you just desire new and improved techniques for the control of diabetes then we are here for you. Meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 6-7 pm Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, Siena Campus-MacDonald Conference Center-3001 St. Rose Pkwy.-Henderson, NV 89052 In this support group, parents and kids with diabetes (up to age 12) share and learn new ways to overcome obstacles and be successful in Continue reading >>

American Diabetes Association - Kansas Area

American Diabetes Association - Kansas Area

Home > Categories > Community Awareness > American Diabetes Association - Kansas Area American Diabetes Association - Kansas Area The American Diabetes Association mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all those affected by diabetes. American Diabetes Association - Kansas Area Our office serves most of the state of Kansas. 24 million Americans have diabetes and 57 million have prediabetes. Nearly 9% or 180,000 Kansans suffer from diabetes. Our office offers several resources for our community. We have programs like Family Link Support Group and summer camps for kids to learn more about managing their diabetes (and have a great time being a kid)! We also have advocacy programs, like Safe in Schools. We raise awareness with health fairs and events like American Diabetes Association Alert Day. We have a library here with books and journals that are free to the public as well. Our Tour de Cure bicycle ride is back in Wichita! Cyclists of all levels are welcome to attend. Tour de Cure is the premier cycling fundraising event of the American Diabetes Association and the nations largest diabetes cycling event. This event is a unique opportunity for businesses, clubs, friends and families to come together to form teams with the vision of a life free of diabetes and all its burdens. When you register for the Tour de Cure you become a part of the American Diabetes Associations largest fundraising event. Joining you will be thousands of participants from around the country who come together to directly impact the lives of people facing the daily challenges of diabetes and their loved ones. We lead the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fight for those affected by diabetes. We fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes. We d Continue reading >>

Diabetes

Diabetes

Offers literature as well as patient and professional education. Provides a minority initiative outreach program, adult and youth support groups, camping program, and camp scholarships. Provides a learning environment, certified by the American Diabetes Association, for patients with diabetesthat provides organized, consistent, current, and comprehensive information. Offers a lifestyle modification programs for adults diagnosed as pre-diabetic and/or those considered at high risk for pre-diabetes. Offers a support group for individuals from the community with diabetes to come together to support one another and learn more about diabetes. Offers two support groups for individuals who have diabetes.Oswego Diabetes Support GroupOswego Hospital Cafeteria Conference RoomMeets the third Wednesday of the month, 12 Noon - 1 PMFulton Diabetes Support GroupSpringside at Seneca HillMeets the first Thursday of the month, 10 AM - 11 AM Teaches individuals about effective diabetes control and how to attain it. Group and private sessions available with support from a nurse and dietitian. Offers a year-long, preventive education program for individuals with pre-diabetes or those at high risk for Type II Diabetes in effort to help prevent or delay the development of Type II Diabetes (T2). Classes meet weekly for the first six months, and then monthly during the last six months. Continue reading >>

Classes & Support | Providence Health & Services Alaska

Classes & Support | Providence Health & Services Alaska

Returning a patient to a productive life is of primary importance to the Providence Heart Center. We offer a variety of heart, diabetes, and pulmonary health classes and support groups. Providence Heart Center offers classes that provide you with the tools and information you need to manage your health. Support groups offer important tools for learning to live successfully with a chronic disease. Being with others is an important part of this process. Sometimes just talking with others who are "walking in your shoes" is the best medicine. Mended Hearts is a national nonprofit organization offering the gift of hope to heart patients, their caregivers and families. For more information, please visit their website at www.alaskamendedhearts.org . Additionally, you can download a copy of the Mended Hearts Heart Guide . Diabetes Support Group - Few diseases call for as much self-care as diabetes. With current information and new skills, you can improve your ability to manage your diabetes. The Diabetes Support Group offered through the American diabetes Association features a speaker each month presenting information on a wide range of topics relevant to living with diabetes. There is no charge for this support group, and it is open to all patients with diabetes. For more information, please call Stephanie at the American Diabetes Association, Alaska Chapter, at 272-1424. Location:Anchorage Senior Center, 1300 E. 19th Ave., Anchorage, AK, 99501 Pulmonary Rehab Monthly Potluck- Open to Pulmonary Rehab patients and their families, this lunch features an opportunity for networking with fellow patients that have experienced chronic lung disease. The Group meets the first Thursday of each month at various restaurants in town. For more information and location of this month's lunc Continue reading >>

Support Group

Support Group

Type 1 Diabetes Support Group – Meets the second Saturday of each month @ 10:00 a.m. in the Resource Center located in the Diabetes Education Center. Blaine Hellman is the Type 1 Group Leader – CALL TO REGISTER, (402) 399-0777 ext. 230 Type 2 Diabetes Support Group – Temporarily suspended at this time. Please check back soon for more information or contact our Education Center at (402) 399-0777 Ext. 230. If you are interested in leading our Type 2 support group please give us a call at (402) 399-0777 ext. 230. Continue reading >>

Finding A Support Group For Type 2 Diabetes

Finding A Support Group For Type 2 Diabetes

After getting a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, you may be spurred to make important lifestyle changes. But these changes often don’t happen overnight, and enthusiasm for eating healthier, getting regular activity, and monitoring your blood sugar can be difficult to maintain over the long term. Finding and sticking with a support group can keep you engaged and motivated. According to the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support published in Diabetes Care in January 2013, on average, those initial health improvements people often make begin to diminish within six months if a person doesn’t have ongoing self-management support. But people with type 2 diabetes who attend support group meetings are better able to sustain or even build on their health improvements, according to a study published in the January 2012 issue of Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. The Benefits of Outside Support Family and friends are often the first line of diabetes support — and they can provide quite a bit, says Susan Gustavsson, RN, BSN, CDE, a diabetes nurse educator who leads diabetes support groups at the Center for Endocrinology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. However, Gustavsson says many people with type 2 diabetes often find that it's more helpful to talk with others personally dealing with the condition. “A diabetes support group can provide a place to go to discuss issues that others with the condition may be experiencing too,” she says. “It can help the person with diabetes realize that he or she is not alone.” There are several factors to consider when looking for a support group, Gustavsson says. Do you want a group that provides speakers or a traditional group with a facilitator who leads the discussion? You might want a support Continue reading >>

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