South Nassau Communities Hospital Healthy Outlook Winter 2017 : Page 1

Winter 2017 a health & wellness newsletter Stop Riding the Blood Sugar Roller Coaster … South Nassau’s  Diabetes Education  Center Can Help Prevent the Flu The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated. If you haven’t gotten the flu shot already, it’s not too late. The flu can be deadly, especially if you have a health condition like asthma, heart disease, diabetes or a weakened im m une s ys te m. Alon g w i th the vaccine, protect yourself from the flu with these proven prevention strategies: • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. • If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or other necessities. • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention F or the nearly 20 years that Patricia F. has had diabetes, her blood sugar has fluctuated like a roller coaster. “I was not well-controlled,” the Valley Stream mother of two admits, “it was my own fault.” Even though she wore a continuous glucose monitor that tracked her blood sugar day and night, she continued to experience blood sugar swings because “every time I had a snack, I didn’t check my [insulin] pump.” But thanks to South Nassau’s newly opened Diabetes Education Center, Patricia’s blood sugar is back on track and she’s even shedding weight. The center, recognized by the American Association of Diabetes Educators, provides adults diagnosed with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes the skills, tools and knowledge to manage their disease and avoid complications. Located at 519 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre, the center is staffed by certified diabetes educators Continued on page 3

Stop Riding The Blood Sugar Roller Coaster …

South Nassau’s Diabetes Education Center Can Help


For the nearly 20 years that Patricia F. has had diabetes, her blood sugars have fluctuated like a roller coaster. “I was not well-controlled,” the Valley Stream mother of two admits, “it was my own fault.” Even though she wore a continuous glucose monitor that tracked her blood sugars day and night, she continued to experience blood sugar swings because “every time I had a snack, I didn’t check my [insulin] pump.”

But thanks to South Nassau’s newly opened Diabetes Education Center, Patricia’s blood sugars are back on track and she’s even shedding weight.

The center, recognized by the American Association of Diabetes Educators, provides adults diagnosed with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes the skills, tools and knowledge to manage their disease and avoid complications. Located at 519 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre, the center is staffed by certified diabetes educators and can refer patients to a professional panel of physicians specializing in all areas of diabetes, including endocrinologists, podiatrists, cardiologists and vascular surgeons.

“The center is dedicated to helping individuals overcome their challenges with diabetes,” says Lucille Hughes, a certified diabetes educator and director of the center. “Managing diabetes is key to a healthy lifestyle.”

For Patricia, reining in her dietary choices was key to stabilizing her blood sugars. Hughes explained how Patricia’s lunchtime routine of consuming chicken salad or ham on white bread caused her blood sugars to fluctuate. Even after Patricia substituted wheat bread for white bread, her blood sugars still rose. “When we advised her to change her meal plan and substitute it with better choices, such as roasted chicken and a salad, her blood sugars finally normalized,” she says.

And at the center’s suggestion, Patricia has headed back to the gym and works out five days a week. “You feel like you’re working with a partner,” says Patricia of the center. “I know what the triggers are and the foods I should be eating. I feel more in control and that I can do this.”

SOUTH NASSAU’S DIABETES EDUCATION CENTER

provides education and training to adults with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and their families, and offers the following services



Comprehensive education program, including individual and group classes led by certified diabetes educators



Medical and nutrition information with meal planning



Fingerstick blood glucose monitoring instruction



Insulin pump instruction



Continuous glucose sensor education and services



Monthly support groups

Read the full article at http://bluetoad.com/article/Stop+Riding+The+Blood+Sugar+Roller+Coaster+%E2%80%A6/2669391/370276/article.html.

Prevent The Flu



The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated. If you haven’t gotten the flu shot already, it’s not too late. The flu can be deadly, especially if you have a health condition like asthma, heart disease, diabetes or a weakened immune system. Along with the vaccine, protect yourself from the flu with these proven prevention strategies:



Try to avoid close contact with sick people.



If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or other
necessities.



While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.



Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.



Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.



Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.


Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Read the full article at http://bluetoad.com/article/Prevent+The+Flu/2669427/370276/article.html.

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