November is National Diabetes Month, and Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) is encouraging the public to learn more about this disease that affects over 29 million people in the U.S.
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce enough insulin or properly use insulin. The cause of diabetes is unknown, but diabetes can lead to blindness, heart disease, strokes, kidney failure and amputations.
According to the American Diabetes Association, at least 1 in 3 people will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. About 1.4 million Americans age 20 and older are newly diagnosed with diabetes each year.
Approximately 1.25 million Americans have type 1 diabetes. It’s not just adults who can get diabetes. In fact, approximately 208,000 people younger than age 20 have diabetes.
Diabetes also remains the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. as of 2010. Diabetes is the primary cause of death for 69,071 Americans each year.
PCRMC provides many resources and educational opportunities for people diagnosed with diabetes along with their families and caregivers.
The Diabetes Outpatient Clinic at PCRMC, which is fully accredited by the American Diabetes Association, has the tools you need to manage your diabetes and enjoy life. Patients must be referred to the clinic by their primary care provider.
The Diabetes Outpatient Clinic is located at the PCRMC North Entrance, 1000 West 10th St., Rolla. There also are outpatient clinics Tuesday evenings only at Forest City Medical Practice, 1000 North Jefferson St., in St. James and Thursdays only at the Waynesville Medical Plaza, 1000 GW Lane St., in Waynesville.
In addition, PCRMC offers a free diabetes support group on the first Saturday of each month (except for January and July) from 10 a.m. to noon in Private Dining Room 2 near the cafeteria at PCRMC in Rolla. For more information about this support group, call 573-458-7697 or visit pcrmc.com.