Diabetes affects more than nine percent of Americans, and nearly one-third of them are undiagnosed.
As more and more people are being diagnosed with diabetes, it is important that people with the disease and their families have the support they need to maintain good health. To help people with diabetes better manage their disease, Franklin Hospital started a monthly diabetes support group led by Laura Prince, certified diabetes educator and chief clinical dietitian at the hospital.
Ms. Prince aims to have each monthly meeting address a different aspect of the disease from heart health and nutrition to travel and family. The second half of the meeting is dedicated to participants networking and sharing their experiences.
“A lot of our patients at the hospital have diabetes and, with this disease, it’s not just about the care you receive when you go to your physician but also how you manage your care at home,” Ms. Prince said.
That fueled the hospital’s desire to create this support group.
For more information about the diabetes support group, contact Ms. Prince at 516-256-6074.