Local program teaches people to self-manage diabetes

A symptom of modern lifestyles, adult onset diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in the world. If you are living with diabetes, you have the opportunity to attend a free self-management workshop in Point Roberts, beginning in April.

The University of Victoria Centre on Aging offers self-management programs throughout B.C. in conjunction with the provincial health ministry. The workshop is open to people living with diabetes and their caregivers. Trained leaders will deliver this workshop to a group of up to 14 people once a week for six weeks. The workshops are held every Thursday from 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. on April 21 and 28, and May 5, 12, 19 and 26 at the community center at 1487 Gulf Road.

The workshop helps people with diabetes and their caregivers to better manage symptoms and activities of daily life. Participants receive the “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” companion book.

Program highlights include:

• Understand and manage your health

• Make healthier eating choices

• Become more active

• Communicate effectively with healthcare providers

• Manage difficult emotions

• Set realistic goals and problem solve

Interested individuals can sign up on-line at: bit.ly/22w80vp. For additional information, call 604/940-1273 or email selfmgmt@uvic.ca.

  1. Good local program. In June of 2015, it was discovered that I had type 2 diabetes. By the end of the month, I was given a prescription for Metformin. I stated the ADA diet and followed it completely for several weeks but was unable to get my blood sugar below 140. With no results to how for my hard work, I panicked and called my doctor. His response? Deal with it. I began to feel that something wasn’t right and do my own research. Then I found Rachel’s blog http://myhealthlives.com/how-i-freed-myself-from-the-diabetes/ . I read it from cover to cover and I started the diet and by the next morning, my blood sugar was 100. Since then, I have a fasting reading between the mid 70s and 80s. My doctor was so surprised at the results that, the next week, he took me off the Metformin. I lost 30 pounds in the first month and lost more than 6 inches off my waist and I’m able to work out twice a day while still having lots of energy. The truth is we can get off the drugs and help myself by trying natural methods


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