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Diabetes Education Classes

All of us here at Autumn Road Family Practice want the best for our patients, and in the spirit of that we wanted to inform you about 3 different Diabetes Education courses we have partnered with.

Alpha Horn Class

May 14th from 4:30-7:00PM

Autumn Family Practice Conference Room

Call: 501-240-3579

Baptist Health Community Outreach: Diabetes Support Group

May 28th from 5:00-6:00 PM

Call: 501-227-8478 or 1-800-227-8478

Diabetes Management

w/ Lauren Handloser CDE

May 28th from 10:00-11:15AM

Autumn Family Practice Conference Room

Call: 501-227-6363 Ext. 135 or 147

Diabetes Support Group Saline Memorial Hospital

May 28th at 9:30AM

Saline Memorial Hospital: Classroom 1, SMH Health Education Building


What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is the condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugars to build up in your blood. This is why many people refer to diabetes as “sugar.” Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.


People who think they might have diabetes must visit a physician for diagnosis. They might have SOME or NONE of the following symptoms: 

• Frequent urination 
• Excessive thirst 
• Unexplained weight loss 
• Extreme hunger 
• Sudden vision changes 
• Tingling or numbness in hands or feet 
• Feeling very tired much of the time 
• Very dry skin 
• Sores that are slow to heal 
• More infections than usual Nausea, vomiting, or stomach pains may accompany some of these symptoms in the abrupt onset of insulin-dependent diabetes, now called Type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes, previously called insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) or juvenile-onset diabetes, may account for 5 percent to 10 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Risk factors are less well defined for Type 1 diabetes than for Type 2 diabetes, but autoimmune, genetic, and environmental factors are involved in the development of this type of diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes was previously called non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) or adult-onset diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for about 90 percent to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include older age, obesity, family history of diabetes, prior history of gestational diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, physical inactivity, and race/ethnicity. African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, and some Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at particularly high risk for type 2 diabetes. Gestational diabetes develops in 2 percent to 5 percent of all pregnancies but usually disappears when a pregnancy is over. Gestational diabetes occurs more frequently in African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, and people with a family history of diabetes than in other groups. Obesity is also associated with higher risk. Women who have had gestational diabetes are at increased risk for later developing Type 2 diabetes. In some studies, nearly 40 percent of women with a history of gestational diabetes developed diabetes in the future. 2 3 Other specific types of diabetes result from specific genetic syndromes, surgery, drugs, malnutrition, infections, and other illnesses. Such types of diabetes may account for 1 percent to 2 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes.
Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas


1 pound skinless, boneless, chicken strips

1 green pepper, sliced

1 red pepper, sliced

1 medium onion, sliced

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon garlic powder

½ cup salsa

1/3 cup water

1,15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained

8 large low-carb tortillas

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons reduced-fat, shredded cheddar cheese


Place chicken breast strips in a slow-cooker. Top with remaining ingredients except for tortillas and cheese.

Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until done. Shred chicken with fork, if needed.

Serve ½ cup chicken and bean mixture on each tortilla and top with 2 tablespoons cheese. Fold into a burrito.

MAKE IT GLUTEN-FREE: Use gluten-free tortillas and confirm all other ingredients gluten-free and this recipe can be gluten-free.

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Our Care Coordinators are here to help you manage your health goals. If you have questions about your treatment, medications, or want more information about the Diabetes classes we have partnered with call our email our Care Coordinators today!

Deborah Smith, LPN                                          Patricia Hayes, LPN
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