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Central Texas Medical Center: News


Diabetic's personal story inspires others to take control of their disease
SAN MARCOS, TX – Kent Porter will be delivering a free educational program at Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) to share diabetes self-management and lifestyle strategies based on extensive training and his personal experience living with diabetes. The event will take place Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. in the CTMC Community Classroom at 1301 Wonder World Dr.

Porter is a member of the A1C Champions® Program, supported by Sanofi, which is a patient-led approach to diabetes education. A1C Champions® know first-hand the challenges and obstacles to maintaining control of their diabetes. They are real people with real A1C control, and they provide real inspiration.

At the event, Porter 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

If you or someone you know is struggling with diabetes or has an A1C that is 7% or above, the A1C Champions® can provide motivation to take those first steps to better blood glucose control. Diabetes patients need to know they are not alone and that others can help them in their journey with diabetes.

Diabetes is a chronic, widespread condition characterized by high blood sugar in which 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 that nearly 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, including an estimated 7 million who remain undiagnosed. At the same time, about 40 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes did not achieve the blood sugar control target of A1C more than 7 percent recommended by the American Diabetes Association The A1C test measures average blood glucose levels over the past two- to three-month period.

CTMC offers a variety of programs and services for diabetics, many of which are free. For more information about this talk or other programs to assist those living with diabetes, please call CTMC Diabetes Educator Mario Torres at (512) 753-3706, or e-mail mario.torres@ahss.org.

About CTMC
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010 and again in 2011, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. In addition, CTMC added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011.

CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.
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Location

Central Texas Medical Center
1301 Wonder World Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 353-8979