Merrimack Valley Hospital Announces Open House for Diabetes Education

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at Merrimack Valley Hospital will hold a diabetes education open house on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 4-6:30 p.m.

Attendees will get the facts on nutrition, and learn the latest information about podiatric foot care, diabetes education, blood glucose testing and care for non-healing wounds.

Diabetes is a chronic disease that requires medical attention. Education is important in helping patients learn to manage their disease, which can cause a variety of issues, including non-healing wounds due to infection, poor circulation and nerve impairment.

•Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke
•Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure  
•Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among adults
•The rate of amputation from non-healing wounds is 10 times higher for 
   those with diabetes
•60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe nerve
  damage resulting in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion as well
  as other types of nerve problems.

Physicians, nurses and staff in The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at Merrimack Valley Hospital see many patients with diabetes who have non-healing wounds. They understand that diabetic patients face many challenges and that education can sometimes offer more solutions. For more information or to register, please call Edith at 978.420.1405.

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