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Botsford News Release

Diabetes Management Programs Offered at Botsford

Farmington Hills, MI (March 13, 2006)--- Do you or a family member have diabetes? You are not alone. Diabetes affects approximately 18.2 million Americans. It is a serious condition that must be managed through education. In order to help you manage your diabetes, Botsford General Hospital offers an array of programs that provide education and management in a supportive atmosphere where the individual is the key person in diabetes management. All programs are open to family members and support persons.

Diabetes and You is a comprehensive program that addresses all aspects of diabetes management. Topics covered include healthy eating, taking medications, self-blood glucose monitoring, being active, healthy coping, reducing risks, and problem solving. The program is certified by the Michigan Department of Community Health and has received national recognition by the American Diabetes Association.

The New to Insulin/ Byetta/ Symlin Program is designed for people who are newly diagnosed and require injection therapy or people previously diagnosed and new to injections. The attendees are instructed on insulin/Byetta/Symlin administration, blood glucose monitoring, signs and symptoms of high and low blood glucose, meal planning and the role of exercise.

Intensive Insulin Management is planned for those patients requiring more intensive insulin management to promote better glycemic control. The goal of this program is to help the person achieve tighter blood glucose control through proactive management.

A Gestational Diabetes Program is offered as an individualized instruction program for pregnant women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes. The woman is educated in understanding gestational diabetes, medical nutrition management, self-monitoring of blood glucose, monitoring instruction and insulin administration if needed.

Diabetes Support Groups are also offered to meet individual’s needs for ongoing support after completing the Diabetes and You program. The groups are a tremendous resource for people in their quest to control diabetes and achieve optimal health.

Diabetes-Cize/Chronic Exercise Program is a comprehensive exercise program for individuals with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes. The program is designed to normalize blood glucose and improve cardiovascular fitness.

All classes are offered at the Botsford Center for Health Improvement in Novi or at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills. Insurance reimbursement is available through Medicare, Medicaid and many other insurance carriers. A physician prescription is required to enter most of the programs. For information about enrollment, program charges and payment options, please contact Botsford Center for Health Improvement at (248) 477-6100.

The Botsford Health Care Continuum is an integrated system of care, which includes Botsford General Hospital, the Botsford Physician Network, Community Emergency Medical Service, the Botsford Continuing Care Corporation and the Botsford Center for Health Improvement. The Botsford site on the Internet is www.botsford.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Nancy Dumas, Beth Montalvo or Stacy Brand
PHONE: (248) 442-7986