March 26 is Diabetes Alert Day. Join us in the 3rd floor lobby at the UVM Medical Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In conjunction with Diabetes Alert Day here are some resources for learning about diabetes and some of the local resources available.

Prevention is always better than treatment so if you don’t have diabetes and wants tips on how to prevent it from developing check out this information on Preventing Type 2 Diabetes from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Health Information Center

For a basic understanding of diabetes start at the National Library of Medicine and their website MedlinePlus. This website is designed for patients and their caregivers. Information is provided for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

There are a number of medications that can be used to treat diabetes. For an overview of treatment options visit the Insulin, Medicines, & Other Diabetes Treatments at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

People with diabetes should follow certain dietary guidelines, and it can be challenging. A good resource to look at is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Diabetes Education Program has lots of information on Healthy Eating and Cooking and even has information in other languages.

And lastly being more physically active is important for preventing diabetes and for reducing harm if you have diabetes. For tips on how to Get Active check out this information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Diabetes: Local Resources

Endocrinology Department at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Located at 62 Tilley Drive in South Burlington, Endocrinology is the specialty clinic that treats people with diabetes. 802-847-4576

Helping Yourself to Health – Diabetes Management and Helping Yourself to Health – Diabetes Prevention. A state-wide program of small group workshops for people with pre-diabetes or with type 2 diabetes. People who complete the programs say they see big improvements, like eating better, feeling less depressed, and having a better relationship with their doctors. Topics covered include healthy eating, blood sugar monitoring, exercise and managing stress. You can also find links to other resources for preventing or coping with diabetes. You can also call 802-847-7255 for more information on the diabetes workshops as well as workshops on Quitting Smoking, Emotional Wellness,Chronic Disease Management, and Chronic Pain Management.

There may be a University of Vermont Medical Center Community Health Team based at your primary care practice. They can provide support for preventing diabetes or managing diabetes. For more information visit the Community Health Team website or call 802-847-1601.

If you have a question or can’t find the information you are looking for, contact the Fymoyer Community Health Resource Center at the University of Vermont Medical Center, we can find the information for you or refer you to the best sources. Call us at 847-8821, e-mail us at FrymoyerResourceCenter@UVMHealth.orgor visit us in the 3rd Level of the Main Pavilion at the Medical Center. Our website is https://www.uvmhealth.org/MedCenterCHRC

Alan P. Lampson, MLS, is the lead at the Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

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