Diabetes Patient Educates Peers on Taking Control of the Disease

Media Contact: 
Caitlin McCann
Communications Specialist
(315) 624-5433
Release Date: 
Mar 10, 2014

It is estimated that nearly 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, including an estimated 7 million who remain undiagnosed. On Thursday, March 27, 2014, the Central New York Diabetes Education Program (CNY Diabetes) will host Robert Gaskins who will present a free educational program about diabetes self-management and lifestyle strategies based on extensive training and his personal experience living with diabetes. The presentation will be held at 6pm in the Soggs Room at the Center for Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services, 1650 Champlin Avenue, Utica.

Gaskins knows first-hand the challenges and obstacles to maintaining control of his diabetes. He is a real person with real A1C control who provides real inspiration.

Gaskins will cover topics including:

  • Achieving good glucose control
  • Learning about effective self-management
  • Developing a balanced, healthy lifestyle
  • Planning and prioritizing diabetes management
  • Overcoming fears surrounding diabetes
  • Finding resources for diabetes support.

If you or someone you know is struggling with diabetes or has an A1C that is 7 percent or above, Gaskins can provide motivation to take those first steps to better blood glucose control. Diabetes patients need to know they are not alone and there are people like Gaskins who can help them along their journey with diabetes.

Please RSVP by Monday, March 24, 2014, to Marcia Jennings at 315.624.5620 or mjenning@mvnhealth.com.

Diabetes is a chronic, widespread condition characterized by high blood sugar in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, the hormone needed to transport glucose (sugar) from the blood into the cells of the body for energy. At the same time, about 40 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes did not achieve the blood sugar control target of A1C less than 7 percent recommended by the American Diabetes Association. The A1C test measures average blood glucose levels over the past two- to three-month period.

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