May 03, 2021 5:10 PM

Dickinson County Diabetes Support Group to meet Tuesday

Posted May 03, 2021 5:10 PM

ABILENE -- The next Dickinson County Diabetes Support Group meeting is just around the corner.

The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month, from noon to 1  p.m., in Memorial Hospital Conference Room B. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday. All participants are required to wear a mask to the meeting, and social distancing will be followed.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Did you know that 45% of mental health conditions go undetected among people with diabetes? According to Mental Health America, people with diabetes have an increased risk for depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Diabetes distress is defined as a person that feels frustrated, defeated, or overwhelmed by diabetes. It can also be associated with the burden of diabetes self-management. Jandi Loader, LPN from Senior Life Solutions, will be joining us on May 4th to discuss mental health resources available in our community.

The Dickinson County Diabetes Support Group is open to anyone with diabetes and family members of those with diabetes. Marcy Newcomer RD, LD, CDCES, Memorial Health System (MHS) Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist leads the group, and encourages community members to attend, “our support group is open to people with a current diabetes diagnosis, pre-diabetes, or a caregiver for someone with diabetes.”

Newcomer prepares a different topic for each month, and provides attendees with a month/seasonal specific recipe at each meeting.

The Dickinson County Diabetes Support Group also has a Facebook group. To join, just search Facebook for the “Dickinson County Kansas Diabetes Support Group,” and request to join the group.

The Dickinson County Diabetes Support Group is affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, MHS, and K-State Research and Extension, Dickinson County.  For more information, call Marcy Newcomer, MHS Registered Dietitian & Nutritionist at (785) 263-6676 or K-State Research and Extension, Dickinson County, at 785-263-2001.