KEARNEY - Even famous people can have diabetes.
Movie star Tom Hanks shared this week that is now one of the estimated 25.8 million people in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with the disease.
Diabetes is a metabolic disease where the patient has high blood sugar because their pancreas cannot produce enough insulin (a hormone that regulates fat and metabolism in the body) or because the body cannot use the insulin in the system. Insulin is necessary to break down sugars found in food, called glucose, into energy. Diabetes can zap a person's energy, and the high levels of glucose can cause eye, kidney, nerve or heart damage.
Diabetes can go undiagnosed, which can lead to more severe symptoms and greater health risks. However, advances in treatment options and knowledge about the disease can help those with diabetes manage it better.
Good Samaritan Hospital is hosting a free Diabetes Health and Wellness Fair on Sunday, October 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Good Samaritan Hospital Conference Center in Kearney. To access the conference center, take the elevators located just behind the Emergency Room entrance to the second floor.
The fair will help educate those with diabetes, and anyone who thinks they may be at risk, about innovations in diabetes care. Nurses, wellness experts and other healthcare providers will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about meters, medications, insulin pumps, eye care, depression, health management, nutrition, continuous glucose monitoring systems and more.
Special presentations include:
1 p.m.: Taking Control of your Diabetes - Achieving Glucose Control for Improved Health and Wellness, Krista Cullen, DPT, CEEAA, NSCA-CPT, McMeen Physical Therapy
3 p.m.: Coping with Depression and Anxiety, Jessie Florang, LMHP and Shannon Fraber, RN, Richard Young Behavioral Health Center
For more information about the upcoming fair or diabetes programs and services at Good Samaritan Hospital, please call 308-865-7006.