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Diabetes class for carb counting scheduled
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Natasha Harvey, left, seeks diabetes information from Gloria Siefkes, St. Rose diabetes educator and R.N. Siefkes will present a free diabetes evening class on Sept. 15. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

Those who know they should be monitoring their carbohydrates and eating healthier are encouraged to sign up for the next St. Rose diabetes evening class. It is set for 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 in the St. Dominic Room at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center.

"We encourage those with diabetes, as well as their loved ones and anyone else interested in good nutrition to attend this free class," said Gloria Siefkes, R.N. and certified diabetes educator. "They can learn about how to count carbohydrates and plan meals accordingly. We share all information in layman’s terms and questions are encouraged."

One tool that those with diabetes can use is a daily log of what they consume. "I will ask them to jot down the information but they don’t have to share it with anyone," Siefkes noted. "It is just a way to get them to think about what they are eating.

"We have a few other hands-on activities," the registered nurse continued. "The less I lecture, the better the class. All of us will learn more if we interact with one another."

One hundred percent of carbohydrates turn to sugar, which greatly affects blood sugar, Siefkes noted. This is crucial for those with diabetes and the class information will guide them on the proper blood-sugar levels.

"We also will talk about the proper portions of carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, protein and dairy," Siefkes added. "If you portion carbs throughout the day, blood-sugar numbers will stay more level. We emphasize this because diabetes puts you at much greater risk for a wide range of conditions and diseases."

To register for the class, contact Siefkes by calling 620-786-6457.