Saint Francis Medical Center is hosting a free educational program on managing diabetes, featuring A1C Champions Program member Scott Simmons.
Simmons will be sharing lifestyle strategies for individuals to self-manage their diabetes.
The class will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, in Conference Room 6 at Saint Francis Medical Center, 2620 West Faidley Ave.
Specific topics that will be addressed at the meeting include:
Diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by high blood sugar in which the body doesn't produce or properly use insulin, the hormone needed to transport glucose (sugar) from the blood into the cells of the body for energy.
An estimated 26 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, including an estimated seven million who remain undiagnosed. At the same time, about 40 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes didn't achieve the blood-sugar control target of A1C below seven percent, which is recommended by the American Diabetes Association.
The A1C test measures average blood
glucose levels over the past two- to three-month period. And A1C Champions can help others with diabetes know they aren't alone and what steps they need to take to better control their blood glucose levels.