Jersey City Medical Center is continuing its free, monthly self management of diabetes educational and training program by hosting a class on safe use of diabetes medications on Thursday, April 4 (6:30 - 7:30 pm) on the hospital’s campus, located at 355 Grand Street in Jersey City. The presenter will be Dr. Michelle Centrella, a registered pharmacist at Jersey City Medical Center.
“All patients with diabetes and their families have questions regarding medications, which is why attendance at this class should be of particular interest,” said Nancy Rodrigues, RN and Certified Diabetes Educator at Jersey City Medical Center, who facilitates the program. “A diagnosis of diabetes can be scary and overwhelming, as it’s an insidious disease that contributes to cardiovascular disease, loss of vision, nerve damage or amputation if not managed properly. Our intention in offering the program is to educate and empower our patients with diabetes and their family members on how to manage the condition effectively.”
The primary goal of diabetes self-care management education is to provide knowledge and skills training, and to help individuals identify barriers, facilitate problem-solving and develop coping skills. Family members of diabetics are encouraged to attend, particularly if English is not the diabetic’s native language.
According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million adults and children in the United States – more than 8% of the population – have diabetes. In addition, nearly two million new cases are diagnosed annually and 79 million people are categorized as pre-diabetic.
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into the energy essential for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.
To register for the class, contact Corraine Lisio at Clisio@libertyhcs.org or 201-915-2948. Attendees must pre-register as space is limited.