Support groups aid diabetes care

12/13/2013, 6 a.m.

More than 700,000 Georgians – nearly 10 percent of the state’s population – live with diabetes, and public health officials say that support groups can play a significant role in their care and well-being.

While research hasn’t definitively determined the exact impact of support groups on patients’ diabetes outcomes, groups like the American Diabetes Association say people can benefit by learning from others who have the same condition and get tips from diabetes experts.

In states like Georgia, where there are rural areas with scarce health care and resources for diabetics, officials say support groups can be especially important for self-management of the disease.

DeKalb Medical offers quarterly meetings for diabetics at its North Decatur Road campus.

There is no fee for the sessions, and family members and caregivers also can attend.

For more information, contact Alyssa Youngblood at Alyssa.youngblood@dekalb

medical.org or call 404-501-1790.

For more information, visit http://dph.georgia.gov/diabetes-prevention-and-control-program-0.