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Nurse Describes the Psychology of Diabetes

Diane DeMain has a message for people who have recently diagnosed with diabetes: it is a manageable condition. The Greenwich Hospital registered nurse will present “ Living with Diabetes: The Psychological Impact ” on June 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

“What we really want people to understand is that while we can’t cure diabetes yet, we can certainly give you the tools to manage it,” DeMain said. When she began her medical career, blood sugar was still checked primarily through the urine. Easily portable blood glucose monitors and lab tests for A1c hemoglobin have greatly helped the monitoring and treatment of blood glucose levels, she said.

The trick to it all, according to DeMain, is that the healthy diet for diabetics is how people should be eating anyway. Meals should be properly balanced among proteins, carbohydrates and vegetables and kept in reasonable proportions. “You can eat what you like, but you probably have to adjust the amounts,” DeMain said.

Sticking to real foods, devoid of fillers such as high fructose corn syrup, is a good idea, she said. Cutting back on fast food and making healthier choices at the drive-through are also recommended, DeMain said.

“Living with Diabetes: The Psychological Impact” will give participants a chance to share their thoughts and feelings on how they have coped with their diagnosis. DeMain will make suggestions on how to manage the condition and invite participants to offer their own tips.

The presentation is free with no registration necessary. It will be held in the Noble Conference Room at Greenwich Hospital. For more information, call 203-863-3929.

“A person’s diabetes isn’t going to go away, but we can deal with it on a daily basis,” DeMain said.

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