Education about diet, blood sugar and other aspects of diabetes is making a difference to people diagnosed with pre-diabetes in the Weyburn area.
In order to reduce the number of people waiting for appointments to obtain information about their pre-diabetes diagnosis, on November 28, Saskatchewan Health Authority employees Dana Klapak, Dietitian, and Lisa Vatamaniuck, Chronic Disease Nurse, offered a pre-Diabetes class to 10 participants.
The class covered what pre-diabetes is, how to understand lab values, pathophysiology, nutrition, exercise and goal-setting. Participants received a patient report card with their individual lab values, as well as handouts on how to manage their condition at home.
“The information we presented was really well received,” noted Klapak.
“I did not understand what sugar in our blood did,” said one participant.
“It was a great info session on what prediabetes actually means, and why it is important to be aware of and what can be done about it,” said another.
On average, after attending the class, participants reported a 54 per cent increase in their comfort and ability to manage their pre-Diabetes.
Another class is planned for January in the Weyburn area.
Dana Klapak, Dietitian, RD, CDE (left) and Lisa Vatamaniuck, Chronic Disease Nurse, CDE (right).