Diabetes is among the nation’s biggest health concerns, as the number of people living with diabetes has grown exponentially over the past two decades. Diabetes is a chronic disorder in which the body is unable to produce insulin and properly break down sugar (glucose) in the blood. In other words, the body cannot convert foods properly into the energy needed for daily activities.
In 2011, almost 80 million Americans were pre-diabetic, which is being considered high risk for diabetes. Also, Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports for the Greater Haverhill area show that deaths and hospitalizations due to diabetes were higher than the state average. Symptoms include hunger, thirst, excessive urination, dehydration and weight loss. Diabetes tends to be passed genetically in a family, but factors other than heredity, including poor nutrition and extra body weight, can cause diabetes. Ninety percent of patients suffer from Type II Diabetes, which is non-insulin dependent. The other 10% suffer from Type I Diabetes, which is insulin-dependent.
The Anna Jaques Diabetes Education Clinic offers a comprehensive outpatient program for those living with pre-diabetes and gestational diabetes in the Greater Newburyport area and Merrimack Valley. Our program is certified by the American Diabetes Association as a 'Diabetes Self-Management Education' program.
The mission of the Anna Jaques Hospital Diabetes Education team is to provide quality comprehensive diabetes self-management education. We believe that education is the key to empowering the person with diabetes to better manage their disease, avoid the complications of diabetes and achieve an optimal health status.
Diabetes cannot be cured, but it can be controlled. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, call your primary care doctor to begin an individualized self-management program. Diabetes management requires carefully regulating one's diet, getting regular exercise, and, if necessary, using insulin. Consultation and treatment under the care of a team that includes a doctor, RN, and nutritionist to help control blood sugars, can empower you and help you live a healthy and active life.
The AJH Endocrine and Diabetes Clinic offers a comprehensive outpatient program. Our mission is to help people with diabetes manage the disease and maximize their health and well-being. Clinical staff includes registered nurses, registered dieticians, and exercise physiologists who are certified in diabetic education by the American Diabetic Association.