SAN MARCOS, TX – Are you or someone you know struggling with diabetes? Do you have an A1C that is 7 percent or above?
Diabetes patient Lakshmi Seshadri will deliver a free education program on Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in the Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) Community Classroom. At the event, Seshadri will share diabetes self-management and lifestyle strategies based on extensive training and her personal experience living with diabetes.
Seshadri is a member of the A1C Champions® Program, supported by Sanofi Diabetes, which is a patient-led approach to diabetes education. A1C Champions® know first-hand the challenges and obstacles to maintaining control of their diabetes.
At the event, Seshadri will cover topics including:
• Achieving good glucose control
• Learning about effective self-management
• Developing a balanced, healthy lifestyle
• Planning and prioritizing diabetes management
• Overcoming fears surrounding diabetes
• Finding resources for diabetes support
Diabetes is a chronic, widespread condition characterized by high blood sugar where the body does not produce or properly use insulin, the hormone needed to transport glucose (sugar) from the blood into the cells of the body for energy. It is estimated that nearly 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, including an estimated 7 million who remain undiagnosed.
Additionally, about 40 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes did not achieve the blood sugar control target of A1C < 7 percent that is recommended by the American Diabetes Association. The A1C test measures average blood glucose levels over a two-to-three month period.
CTMC offers free blood glucose screenings and diabetes risk assessments on the first Wednesday of each month from 9 to 10 a.m. in the CTMC Main Lobby. The hospital also has an endocrinologist on staff and offers diabetes education and support groups.
To RSVP for this event or to learn more about CTMC’s diabetic services, please call CTMC Diabetes Educator Mario Torres at (512) 753-3706.
About Central Texas Medical Center Foundation
The Central Texas Medical Center Foundation was established in 1982. The Foundation is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 organization whose purpose is to help raise philanthropic funds for improving programs and services at Central Texas Medical Center.
Central Texas Medical Center Foundation has worked hard to ensure that our hospital has the resources necessary to deliver high quality health care. To date, the Foundation has raised $7.5 million for advanced medical equipment, building projects, renovations and service enhancement.
CTMC is a 178-bed acute-care hospital providing a wide range of complex healthcare services in San Marcos, Texas, and neighboring communities. As part of Adventist Health System, CTMC brings a long tradition of Christian healthcare to San Marcos. Now with 44 hospitals located across the United States, the Adventist Health System is the largest not-for-profit Protestant hospital system in the country.