World Diabetes Day


With World Diabetes Day approaching on November 14, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital – Highland is boosting awareness of the prevalence and prevention of this global disease. St. Joseph’s Hospital is hosting a diabetes education event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, in the Frisse Conference Room at the hospital.

“November is Diabetes Awareness Month and November 14, is World Diabetes Day,” said Amy Liefer, Director of Communications for St. Joseph’s Hospital. “This was the perfect time for us to host an event for our community and offer education and information on services related to diabetes.”

The event will feature guest speaker Rebecca Merchiori, a nurse practitioner with HSHS Medical Group. In addition to Merchiori, Cindy Hartman, a registered dietitian at St. Joseph’s Hospital, will also be on site to answer questions related to diet and healthy eating. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes, and 86 million are living with prediabetes, a serious health condition that increases a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. Type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90 to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes, and type 1 diabetes accounts for about 5 percent.

If residents have one of the following risk factors, they are encouraged to talk with their physician:

Being overweight

Smoking on a regular basis

Being 45 years or older

Having a family history of type 2 diabetes

Being physically active less than 3 times a week

Ever having gestational diabetes or giving birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds.

To help prevent diabetes, St. Joseph’s Hospital encourages you to:

Eat a healthy diet, and drink plenty of water.

Choose to eat more vegetables, fruit and whole grains. Try and reduce the number of high-fat dishes like whole milk, cheese and fried foods.

Consume smaller portion sizes, and eat slowly.

Exercise for at least 30 minutes, five days a week. This could include walking, bike riding, swimming, and or dancing, among other forms of exercise.

Talk to your doctor about your risks for diabetes and what more you can do to lower your risks.

Find ways to stay calm during your day. Being active and reading a good book can help you lower stress.

For more information or to view a list of available physicians at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital please visit

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