Diabetes Support Group to Discuss 'The Wonders of Working Out'

Humboldt General Hospital's Diabetes Support Group will discuss "The Wonders of Working Out" next Wednesday.

The group will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in the hospital's Sonoma conference room; HGH Wellness Coordinator Louis Mendiola will lead the evening's discussion.

Diabetics, pre-diabetics, caregivers and those who are interested in preventing diabetes are invited to attend.

Mendiola will show that regular activity is a key part of managing diabetes along with proper meal planning, taking medications as prescribed, and stress management.

"When you are active, your cells become more sensitive to insulin so it can work more efficiently," he said. "Your cells also remove glucose from the blood using a mechanism totally separate from insulin during exercise."

He added, "So, exercising consistently can lower blood glucose and improve your A1C. When you lower your A1C, you may be able to take fewer diabetes pills or less insulin."

The Diabetes Support Group is facilitated by Mendiola and Humboldt General Hospital Director of Nutrition and Dietary Services Tiffani Nalivka.

Nalivka said the group provides a casual setting where participants can ask questions and get information relative to their personal situation.

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

For more information on "The Wonders of Working Out," please email HGH Wellness Coordinator Louis Mendiola at lmendiola@hghospital.ws or call (775) 623-5222, ext. 1740.