There are a number of things you can do to help control diabetes if you have already have been diagnosed, or to stay healthy and avoid developing diabetes.
The first step to managing your health is being knowledgeable. To get up to speed on diabetes — what it is, what causes it and what to do to treat or prevent it, check out the following websites:
- MedlinePlus from the National Library of Medicine is a website designed for patients
- American Diabetes Association
- Healthwise Diabetes Learning Center
The Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center at Fletcher Allen Health Care has a collection of books that can help in understanding diabetes and modifying your life style. Patrons may sign out books for a month. Some of our titles include:
- 101 Foot Care Tips for People with Diabetes
- Diabetic Meals in 30 Minutes – Or Less!
- What Nurses Know… Diabetes
- Type 2 Diabetes: Your Healthy Living Guide
- The Complete Guide to Carb Counting
- The Smart Woman’s Guide To Eating Right With Diabetes
- Mayo Clinic Fitness For Everyone
To see if there is a diabetes support group in your area call us at 847-8821 or go the support group listings on our website.
Other Resources at the Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center
We also have handouts available and can find information on any diabetes-related topic. In addition, we have access to medical journals and online textbooks. Ask us and we will help you find what you need!
If you are a Fletcher Allen employee, join the Fletcher Allen Health Care Employee Wellness Facebook page. Employee Wellness also offers health coaching and biometric screening. If you are not a Fletcher Allen employee check to see if your employer offers wellness services.
Through the Community Health Improvement Department, Fletcher Allen offers Healthier Living with Diabetes workshops. These free workshops can help you take charge of your health and better cope with illness. For information call 802-847-2278.
Community Health Teams
If you have diabetes you may be eligible for service from a Community Health Team. The members of the Community Health Team provide multidisciplinary expertise in helping you manage your chronic condition. Each team member brings a level of expertise in different areas to help you be as healthy as possible. To find out if you are eligible talk with your primary care provider in your medical home, or call 802-847-1601.
Alan Lampson, MLS, is a medical librarian and the lead of the Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center at Fletcher Allen. He has been a librarian for 29 years and has his Level II designation as Consumer Health Information Specialist.