Beginning this month, Maury Regional Well being is providing a brand new assist group to offer schooling and encouragement for kids managing kind 1 or kind 2 diabetes and their assist methods.
The free assist group will maintain its first assembly at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 on the Maury Regional Annex (1223 Trotwood Ave. in Columbia), which is situated throughout the road from Maury Regional Medical Middle.
Subsequent conferences of the Pediatric Diabetes Help Group will probably be held on the similar time and site on the third Tuesday of every month.
“In case your baby is recognized with diabetes, it’s completely pure to have questions and issues — particularly at first as you study to navigate the situation,” mentioned Michelle Kennedy, RN, CDE, a licensed diabetes educator for Maury Regional Well being. “Our purpose with this assist group is to function a useful resource for you and your loved ones.”
Diabetes is a continual situation that happens when the physique now not produces insulin or is unable to correctly use the insulin it produces. The situation impacts greater than 37 million folks within the U.S., together with roughly 283,000 youngsters.
In keeping with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC), there are two widespread types of diabetes — kind 1 and sort 2 — that may happen at any age though kind 1 is most typical amongst youngsters. Signs of diabetes in youngsters might embody frequent urination, being very thirsty, unintentional weight reduction, irritability or habits adjustments, fatigue, and/or elevated urge for food. Mother and father who observe their youngsters experiencing any of those signs ought to contact their baby’s well being care supplier.
Whereas there isn’t any remedy for diabetes, proactively managing the situation by monitoring blood sugar, utilizing insulin remedy, and sustaining a nutritious diet can decrease the danger for long-term well being issues.
To study extra concerning the new Pediatric Diabetes Help Group or different diabetes assets at Maury Regional Well being, go to MauryRegional.com/Diabetes or name (931) 540-4324.