Thursday, November 12, 2020

DCHC’s diabetes management initiatives. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

 

 

Thursday, November 12, 2020 ******************************* For Immediate Release

 

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DCHC Works to Curb Diabetes During the Pandemic 

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

 

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Sylvia Denson, RN, diabetes programs coordinator and leader 

of the diabetes institute at DePaul Community Health Centers, reminds the community

that November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Due to various factors, she reports

seeing an increase in the number of people living with diabetes and persons deemed

pre-diabetic as the COVID-19 virus pandemic continues.

 

“The coronavirus pandemic has greatly exposed the disparities we face in diabetes

care. People living with diabetes are at a greater risk for poor outcomes when they

contract the COVID-19 virus,” said Sylvia. “Diabetes can be prevented and controlled

with small changes, when we have knowledge about the disease and support from health 

care providers and family members.”

 

DCHC offers diabetes self-management classes and a diabetes prevention program for

people who have a diagnosis of pre-diabetes or those who are at high-risk for

developing diabetes. Sylvia offers the following tips the community may use to increase

awareness about diabetes:

 

Ask your doctor to screen you for diabetes.

 

If the screen shows you are at high-risk for developing diabetes or have pre-

diabetes, join a diabetes prevention class.

 

Slowly increase your physical activity to 30 minutes, 5 days a week.

 

Stay hydrated. Drink 8, 8 ounce glasses of water daily.

 

Increase your intake of non-starchy vegetables, by 3 to 4 servings daily.

 

Seek help for and manage stress and depression immediately.

 

If you or someone you know is a person living with diabetes, get info or

education on how to manage it.

 

Share your knowledge of diabetes with family and friends.

 

Give support to someone you know living with diabetes or pre-diabetes.

 

Tour De Cure

Support of the American Diabetes Association's 2020 Tour De Cure: New

Orleans, which will be held virtually on Saturday, November 21st . To register,

please visit: http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/TourAdmin?pg=entry&fr_id=13085

 

For information about DCHC’s diabetes management initiatives, please call (504) 207-

3060. Sylvia is readily available for interviews. Please direct media inquiries to Kertrina

Watson Lewis at (504) 231-0659.

 

 

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About DePaul Community Health Centers

 

DePaul Community Health Centers (DCHC) is the largest community health center network in Louisiana, providing high-quality, affordable health care services. DCHC’s “Patient-Centered Medical Home Model” expands access to individuals and families in a manner that recognizes the dignity of everyone we serve. Our holistic services are unique to each of our 10 sites located throughout metro New Orleans, and include primary and preventive health care for children and adults, women’s health, dental, optometry, behavioral health, podiatry, onsite laboratories and pharmacies and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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