Diabetes Support Group to Meet This Wednesday

Humboldt General Hospital's Diabetes Support Group will meet next week.

Diabetics, pre-diabetics, caregivers and those who are interested in preventing diabetes are invited to attend from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in the hospital's Sonoma conference room.

The support group is led by Humboldt General Hospital Wellness Coordinator Louis Mendiola and Humboldt General Hospital Director of Nutrition and Dietary Services Tiffani Nalivka.

Mendiola said the main objective of the group is to offer information and tips to the community on how to treat, live with and, in some cases, prevent diabetes altogether.

In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that nearly 27 percent of Americans over the age of 65 and nearly 9 percent of America's total population currently has diabetes.

"Diabetes not only impacts those with the diagnosis," said Mendiola, "but it severely impacts our community as a whole. We want to help our community combat this deadly disease."

The Diabetes Support Group not only provides a casual setting in which participants can ask questions, but each month the program features a different expert speaker who can address more specialized topics.

"With the help of physicians, podiatrists, dentists, fitness gurus, and a slate of other experts, we will be able to deliver some very powerful education, and that education will help curb the serious and widespread impact of this disease process," said Mendiola.

Mendiola said the Diabetes Support Group is part of a larger initiative at Humboldt General Hospital that goes well beyond caring for the sick and injured.

"We want to invest in the health of our friends and families in the community in a more proactive manner," he said. "This is about prevention and wellness; this is knowing that education combined with action can make a huge difference."

The Diabetes Support Group meets from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month in the hospital's Sonoma conference room.

For more information, please contact Humboldt General Hospital Wellness Coordinator Louis Mendiola at (775) 623-5222, ext. 258, or via email at lmendiola@hghospital.ws.