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CVPH Diabetes Education Center helps diabetics to stay in control

Reid further explained one of the major risk factors for type II diabetes is obesity.

"It makes the cells in their body resistant to the insulin that's produced."

Aside from weight management, the class also helps people to understand blood glucose monitoring - how to use a meter and what the target levels should be.

"We find that some patients, they'll say they were diagnosed with diabetes ... but they really don't know sometimes .... what targets they should be working toward for blood glucose."

Reid explained many people who join the education class bring a partner with them for support.

"It's kind of a support ... that helps to motivate them," she said. "Keep them going. Not to nag at them, but it's also a good thing to have somebody else who is close by you to learn what you're learning so that they don't nag."

At the end of the four weeks, clients will have completed nine hours of education, leaving them with one hour to be used as one-on-one time with a dietitian or nurse.

If one-on-one time is preferred by a client, they can opt to take the self management course as an individual with a nurse or dietitian.

"Some people don't learn well in a group and they would prefer to do that," said Reid. "We can still go through 10 hours, or six hours, or eight hours, whatever it takes."

Another program offered by the center is insulin training. Reid said some people come to the education center, newly diagnosed with diabetes, but never received the proper education about how the insulin works.

"That's something we can do here. Come with your ... insulin and we can talk to you about how the insulin works, how to use it," Reid said. "So it kind of decreases frustration."

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