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Bt ebe Medical Center begins di Lbetes classes in January For a diabetes educator, taking care of the physical needs of a per- son with diabetes is the easy part all the job. Teaching the patient to manage his or her own chronic disease offers even more chal- lenges. The nurses, dietitians, physi- cians, pharmacists, social workers and other healthcare professionals who become diabetes educators gladly face these challenges because they know the benefits of a diabetes education program. Beebe Medical Center offers classes for diabetics and their fam- ilies where topics discussed are day-to-day control of the disease, its symptoms, prevention and treatment of complications. The classes will be held on sev- en consecutive Mondays, Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27, and on Feb. 3, 10, and 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Beebe Medical School of Nursing. Registration is required by calling 645-3251. The classes can help the person with diabetes lead a more inde- pendeni and fulfilling life. To accomplish this, the patient must learn complicated medical skills. It is the diabetes educator's job to explain .and teach self-monitoring of blood glucose, exercise pre- scription, medications, stress reduction and principles Of nutri- tion to people with a wide range of needs and abilities. Because diabetes can affect many areas of a person's life, including career, leisure, nutrition and sexual activities, a successful diabetes education program also involves the patient's family and friends. Beebe's diabetes classes involve everyone close to the per- son with diabetes. In this way, family and friends gain under- standing of the patient's unique situation while the patient gains an informed support system that extends beyond the clinical set- ting. Because diabetes self-manage- ment is an ongoing process, the classes are not just for newly- diagnosed patients. Patients need updates on new treatment tech- niques, and therapy programs must be adapted as physical con- ditions change. When patients receive the education they need to manage their diabetes, they gain better health, peace of mind and a more active lifestyle. According to the American Dia- betes Association, 12 million Americans have-diabetes, and about half of those people don't know they have the disease. Because the symptoms of diabetes may come on gradually and can be mild at first, people may not rec- ognize the early signs. The exact cause of diabetes is not known, but it is a disease that affects the ability of our bodies to convert the food we eat into ener- gy. Children can develop the dis- ease, but most of the people who develop diabetes are adults over the age of 40, overweight, and who have a family history of dia- betes. Diabetes occurs more often in black Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans. Signs and symptoms of diabetes are frequent urination, especially at night; unusual thirst; fatigue, sudden weight loss; blurred vision and slow healing infections and wounds. A person will usually feel better and have fewer symp- toms of the disease as well as low- er the chances of developing long- term complications if diabetes is treated and controlled. For more information, call Tina Trout, diabetes educator, at 645- 3251. B Beebe Medical Center 424 Savannah Road Lewes, DE 19958 302-645-3232 t For Beebe Labora We at Beebe Medical Center sincerely value your confidence in our ability to provide quality healthcare to you, our neighbors and friends in Sussex County. Beebe Medical Center offers full laboratory services to persons covered by Medicare, (  traditional .. j!:::!t:om m e rcial  insurance or insurance com- panies such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Delaware. However, some insurance companies require that we only collect the specimens, and then de/er the samples to out-of-town, and sometimes tory Patients out-of-state laboratory facili- ties, where we are not able to provide assurance of quality testing of your lab sam pies. Because we cannot assure the appropriate level of quality and service by out- side laboratories, Beebe will be unable to provide specimen collection service for non-Beebe labs after January 1, 1997. If you share our displeasure with the rules that forced us into this position, we suggest you contact your insurance company and let them know it is Beebe Medical Center you want for your healthcare. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 3 - January 9, 1997 - 25 9 99 35 GALLON TOTE Perfect for storing clothes, holiday decorations and toys. Heavy-duty plastic. Hinged lid with easy access latch. 6034185 1 088 5 Shelf Utility Unit 12 x 30 x 60" shelves adjust at 1 1/2" intervals. Gray finish. 56882 tlitllttlllt" ( --" el / "-'-" -/ / ='=-' / L.,o,.,,.. N .111111111111. 2199 Carbon Monoxide Detector Protect your family and yourself from the dangers of carbon monoxide. 85 decibel alarm. 6' cord. 5035373 1" X 25' Hi-Vis Tape Rule Comfortable rounded design. Top toggle lock button, reinforced hook. Yellow. 2063246 499