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Diabetes Education

How are you doing with all the holiday goodies? They are so hard to resist this time of the year, and in the blink of an eye, you can put on as much as 10 pounds during the holiday eating season. For many people that's a nuisance, but for the millions diagnosed with diabetes it can be extremely dangerous.

Catherine Cooper has lost of few pounds in the last 30 days since being diagnosed with diabetes. "Doctors got me coming to classes to find out whether I have to get on insulin". For right now, she's hoping a change in lifestyle will control it.

Lisa is a registered dietitian and part of the diabetic management staff at St. Joseph's/Candler, all certified by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. "There's a lot of preparation before you can take the exam, and as an organization we are proud to say all of us are diabetes educators."

Her job is helping patients, like Catherine, understand their condition and deal with it successfully, something that can be especially difficult during the holiday season. While others are indulging, Catherine will have to give up some of her favorites. "No fruit cake."

But diabetes educators caution, it isn't so much about avoidance as it is changing habits permanently. "We caution them to not gain weight, stay physically active, walk 2, 4, 5 times a week, watch portion sizes."

Good advice for everyone during the holiday season, because pounds gained now will be hard to take off in the new year.

For more information on the diabetes management staff at St. Joseph's/Candler and the classes offered in diabetes management call Lisa Herzig at 912-819-6161 or log on to www.sjch.org.

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