BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - At least one in eight Louisiana residents lives with diabetes, and another 32,000 are diagnosed every year.
Baton Rouge General is trying to help educate people on strategies for managing care with their Diabetes Education and Nutrition Program, which they've been running since 2013. The program recently received national accreditation.
The program helps nearly 500 people per year and offers diabetes and nutrition counseling for those who are living with the disease or for those who are at a high risk of developing the disease. The program helps those people understand the importance of lifestyle changes and how to monitor and interpret blood glucose levels.
The program has received its accreditation from the American Association of Diabetes Educators, a national accredited organization certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This accreditation means the program meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support.
"This program has really helped open my eyes to all the ways I can take care of myself with diabetes. It has helped me feel less overwhelmed," said one participant of the program.
"This experience was great. I had no idea I was in denial. Not anymore! I never took the time to check for education of this disease. Thank God I could attend the classes," said another participant.
"Particularly with obesity on the rise, it's more important than ever to be aware of this disease, how to prevent it, and how to manage it if you have it. Well controlled diabetes can mean the difference between enjoying an active lifestyle and living with kidney damage, loss of vision, and loss of limbs," said Dr. Kenny Cole, chief clinical transformation officer at BRG.
Click here to learn more about the program, or call 225-819-1175.