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Texas Health Stephenville Hosting Free Diabetes Support Group
09/25/2009

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — An estimated 8 percent of the United States population has diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. But with the right tools, the disease can often be managed.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville is launching a free diabetes support group on Oct. 1 to help individuals throughout Erath County and the surrounding areas better manage their diabetes. The support group will hold its initial meeting from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Texas Health Stephenville Community Outreach Center at 752 North Graham Street.

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), diabetes is the leading cause of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and amputation.

“While being diagnosed with diabetes can be scary it does not mean that individuals must completely give up all foods they enjoy, such as sweets and carbohydrates,” said Laurie McGuyer, a clinical dietician at Texas Health Stephenville. “Once a person learns about the disease it can be controlled through diet, exercise, planning and medication. Meeting together in group settings to talk about the challenges of living with diabetes often helps individuals better manage the disease.”

According to the American Diabetes Association, symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Increased fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Blurry vision

An estimated $1 out of every $10 spent on health care is attributed to diabetes for an annual cost to in the United States of $174 billion in 2007, according to the ADA.

Texas Health Stephenville has an American Diabetes Association-recognized program that teaches classes for individuals diagnosed with diabetes and pre-diabetes. The classes cover many topics such as meal planning, exercise, and long-term complications of diabetes. The hands-on classes are designed to give individuals the tools to manage the disease and lessen further complications.

For more information on diabetes, visit diabetes.org. To learn more about the Texas Health Stephenville support group, please call 254-965-1581.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville is a 98-bed acute care, full-service facility serving Erath and surrounding counties since 1926. The hospital's services include inpatient and outpatient surgery, women’s services, advanced diagnostic imaging, inpatient and outpatient physical therapy and wound care. Texas Health Stephenville, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized as a Nurse-Friendly Hospital and a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Stephenville.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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