Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. The CDC estimates that as many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes. Knowing the risk factors for the disease that affects more than 25 million people nationwide is the first, and best, line of defense.
The Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville diabetes support group will host Dr. Benjamin Marcum, a board certified family practice physician on the medical staff at the hospital during their monthly meeting. Dr. Marcum plans to share a general overview about diabetes, including common causes and disease progression once diagnosed. He will also talk about complications and how to avoid them.
The diabetes support group will meet from 4:30-5:30 p.m. today in the hospital’s Community Outreach Center (Outreach building #2) at 752 North Graham Street.
The meetings are free and do not require a physician’s referral or R.S.V.P. The group is open to all - people with diabetes, family members, friends or residents just interested in diabetes.
Texas Health Stephenville’s services for diabetes also include a self-management program. Recognized by the American Diabetes Association, the program is customized for patients and offered on a flexible schedule. Patients must have a physician’s referral to begin the program.
For more information, call the Texas Health Stephenville clinical nutrition and diabetes education office at 254-965-1581.
Sara Vanden Berge is the managing editor of the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @ETeditor.