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Diabetes Education Series Begins Tuesday

Date:  January 27th, 2017

Contact/Phone:  Mary Muhlbradt
(701) 857-5116, Cell: (701) 833-3341

e-mail:   Mary Muhlbradt

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(MINOT, ND— The Trinity Center for Diabetes Education kicks off its “Keys to Diabetes Success” education series Tuesday (Jan. 31) with a program on diabetes and kidney disease starting at 7 p.m. in the Education Center at Health Center – Riverside, 1900-8th Avenue SE.

Registered dietitian Michelle Fundingsland, RD, LRD, and Susan Burkhart, APRN, CNS, CDE, BC-ADM, coordinator of the Center for Diabetes Education, will present “Healthy Kidneys, Prevention, Nutrition and Treatment,” a primer on maintaining kidney health as part of a diabetes management program.

“Diabetes is a leading cause of kidney disease,” Burkhart said. “Too much glucose in the blood damages the kidneys’ filters, preventing them from doing a good job filtering wastes and extra fluid from the blood. The wastes and extra fluid build up in the blood and make you sick,” she said, adding, “High blood pressure is the other leading cause of kidney disease in people with diabetes.”

Four additional programs are planned in 2017, all free and open to the public:

  • March 7 – “Diabetes Management: It’s Not Easy, But It’s Worth It,” by Dr. Eric Johnson, a diabetologist with the North Dakota Diabetes Coalition. (March is also Diabetes Awareness Month.)

  • May 2 – Healthy Eating Conversation Map

  • September 5 – Road to Better Manage your Diabetes

  • November – to be determined, in observance of National Diabetes Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 49,159 adults in North Dakota were living with diagnosed diabetes and an additional 18,961 adults in North Dakota were living with undiagnosed diabetes in 2014. This equates to 68,120 North Dakotans, not to mention the estimated 37 percent of the total United States population – which would equal over 202,196 North Dakotans – with prediabetes.

“With the number of North Dakotans with diabetes and prediabetes, educational classes such as these can help people learn more about living with diabetes and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” Burkhart added. For more information, call the Trinity Center for Diabetes Education at 857-5268 or visit SPACE index.php