When you have diabetes, you body has problems converting the food you eat into energy.
Normally, the food we eat is broken down into glucose, a form of sugar that is used by our cells for growth and energy. For cells to use glucose, insulin (a hormone produced by the pancreas) must be present. If insulin isn't present, or if the cells don't respond to it, glucose stays in the bloodstream, causing a rise in the blood sugar or blood glucose level.
If untreated, diabetes can damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart and blood vessels.
Glucose screenings measure whether or not your blood glucose level is higher than what's considered normal. If it's high you may be able to restore your blood glucose level to a normal level through diet and exercise.
Catholic Health offers free glucose screenings throughout the Western New York area. To learn about upcoming screenings, click here to visit our events calendar.
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Daily activities affect blood sugar control. You decide what to eat, whether or not to exercise and when to take medication. Because the part you play is so important, you need to keep yourself informed with up-to-date information.
Anyone who meets the following criteria should attend class:
Classes will be taught by registered nurses and registered dietitians who are certified diabetes educators.
Every program consists of a series of four classes. You have the option to choose a series offered in the morning, afternoon or evening.
Program charges are covered by most insurances. You should check with your insurance company prior to scheduling classes. A family member or friend may attend with you at no additional cost.
For cost information and to register, call HealthConnection at (716) 706-2112, Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Catholic Health Lifeskills Diabetes Education Program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education.
Gestational diabetes is a temporary form of diabetes in which a pregnant woman's blood sugar, or glucose levels, becomes elevated. Gestational diabetes increases the risk of complications for mother and baby, if not properly treated.
Gestational diabetes can be controlled through healthy eating, exercising, and medication, if needed.
This condition usually disappears after the baby is born. However, women who have had gestational diabetes are at an increased risk for Type 2 Diabetes.
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By attending a gestational diabetes class, you will learn:
Class times vary but are generally on Tuesday mornings from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Gestational diabetes classes are taught by certified diabetes educators and are held at the following Catholic Health location:
To attend a gestational diabetes class, you must have a prescription from your physician.
To register, please call (716) 828-2821.
The cost of a gestational diabetes class is about $30. We will submit the charge to your insurance company. Financial assistance is also available.
Your spouse or significant other is welcome to attend at no additional cost.
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A prescription from your doctor is needed for this service.
Continuing Your Journey
This is an optional follow-up session for those who attended our Lifeskills Diabetes Self Management.