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Alert Day

The American Diabetes Association Alert Day is one day set aside each year to discuss type 2 diabetes, its prevalence, its seriousness and your risk of developing it.

Diabetes affect the whole body: your heart, nerves, eyes, kidneys. It is estimated that more than 539,600 adult Missourians had doctor-diagnosed diabetes in 2015. In Marion County, Missouri, 1 in 8 people have been diagnosed with diabetes. Every year these numbers increase.

Diabetes is common and chronic; however, it can be prevented and it is manageable. Knowing your risk of developing diabetes is the first step to prevention, and nutrition education is an important component of managing diagnosed diabetes and even in preventing it. Take the survey at the link below to find out your risk:

http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/diabetes-risk-test/?loc=alertday 

At Hannibal Regional, Marie Niemeyer, RDN, LD, CDE and Megan Kemp, RDN, LD offer nutrition services for a variety of health conditions. They are available for one-on-one nutrition counseling, whether you are interested in weight loss, needing to follow a specific diet, or have any general nutrition questions or concerns. Despite the name, outpatient nutrition services of the Diabetes Center are not limited to only diabetes but rather include a variety of other health conditions from heart disease to gastrointestinal disorders.

Hannibal Regional Diabetes Center has a recognized diabetes program through the American Diabetes Association. The outpatient dietitians offer group diabetic education classes, one-on-one diabetes consultations and a monthly diabetic support group, scheduled the first Wednesday of each month at 3:00 p.m.

The Hannibal Regional Diabetes Center is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Interested in nutrition counseling? Talk to your primary care physician to have a referral sent to the center via fax at 573-629-3381. Once a referral has been placed, a dietitian will be in contact with you to set up the appointment as soon as possible.

Marie and Megan can also be reached by phone at 573-629-3382 or by email at marie.niemeyer@hrhonline.org or megan.kemp@hrhonline.org.  


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