November Is Diabetes Month, Support Group Meets Nov. 29

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Nearly 24 million Americans are afflicted with diabetes — and an additional 57 million Americans are at risk. November is American Diabetes Month, a time to better understand this disease and the importance of diabetes prevention and control.

Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose, or sugar levels are too high. Despite increased awareness, the death rate from diabetes continues to climb. Since 1987, the mortality rate for diabetes has increased by 45 percent. Additionally —

• About 60-70 percent of diabetics have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that can result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.

• Diabetics are 10 times more likely to have an amputation than someone without diabetes.

• Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.

• Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.

• One of every three children born in the U.S. today will face a future with diabetes, if current trends continue.

The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. is $174 billion annually. Direct medical costs reach $116 billion and the average medical expenditure among people with diabetes is 2.3 times higher than those without the disease. The cost of caring for someone with diabetes represents $1 of every $5 in total health care costs.

For more information on diabetes or for other articles like this, visit the Payson Regional Medical Center Web site at PaysonHospital.staywell solutionsonline.com.

You can also learn more about managing your diabetes by attending the Diabetic Support Group at the Payson Regional Medical Center Outreach Center (Senior Circle) the last Monday of the month. The next meeting is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 29. Educator John Hancock, RN, has had diabetes since childhood. Hancock leads the group and offers great advice and information.

Grief Support Group

The Senior Circle Grief Support Group meets from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday. This grief support group is limited to those who have lost a spouse. Please join this wonderful group of people who can support you during the difficult time of losing a husband or wife. The holidays can be difficult, and the support of people who share in your same emotions is important in the healing process. The Senior Circle is located at 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Christmas Angel program

The Senior Circle has adopted the Rim Country nursing home residents this holiday season. There are 10 residents that still need to be adopted. The items needed are primarily velour and regular sweat suits. Walmart offers White Stag velour sweat suits at a very reasonable price, so if anyone could help make someone’s holiday special, come in to the Senior Circle and select an angel.

Baked goods needed

If you love to bake at the holidays, here’s your chance to help. The Senior Circle needs baked goods for the Holiday Bake Sale to be held Dec. 14. You bring the goods and we’ll put them into a beautifully decorated Christmas basket. Baked goods can be received up until Dec. 13.

Ready to travel

Those interested in seeing the musical Chicago need to place their deposits now. Join the Senior Circle trip to the Broadway Palms for a dinner show Jan. 20. The day trip will include transportation, buffet and the matinee show. The cost is $89. Please come by the Senior Circle to sign up and make a deposit payable to Arizona Trails Travel. If you would like to pay by credit card, you can call Arizona Trails Travel direct at 888-799-4284.

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