Gainesville, FL – North Florida Regional Healthcare is proud to reveal its newest community resource: a Diabetes Support Group. The new group is led by expert providers in North Florida Regional’s Diabetes Center who are all registered nurses, dietitians and certified diabetes educators.
“The main objective of this new group is to offer information and tips on how to treat, live with and, in some cases, prevent diabetes altogether,” says Theresa Davis, RN, CDE, Diabetes Center Program Coordinator. “Gainesville and North Central Florida share what our entire nation is experiencing with increasing numbers of people facing diabetes. It significantly impacts our community as a whole.”
According to the most recent information released by the Centers for Disease Control, diabetes affects 25.8 million people living in the United States – 8.3 percent of the U.S. population. Of that number, 18.8 million have been diagnosed with diabetes. The remaining 7 million are those who are undiagnosed.
“Our support group meetings are open to patients and families with diabetes, as well as those with pre-diabetes and those at risk of diabetes who want more information,” Davis says. “We want to point out that support group meetings do not replace formal diabetes education classes. Support groups offer help in a setting that is a bit more casual and relaxed, and we hope this will encourage patients and families to feel empowered to manage this growing and very serious condition. It’s about being proactive, and we are very excited about it.”
The Diabetes Support Group will be meeting quarterly. The first meeting will be held on April 11, 2013 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm The meeting will be held in Suite 104 of the Medical Arts Building on the campus of North Florida Regional Medical Center at 6400 W. Newberry Road in Gainesville, Florida. Future quarterly meeting dates and times will be posted on the hospital website at www.NFRMC.com.
For more information, please contact The Diabetes Center at (352) 333-5141.