MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center Honors Diabetes Journey Milestones

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In honor of American Diabetes Month in November, MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center, along with Eli Lilly and Company, hosted its inaugural Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards. The Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards Program recognizes people with Type 1 diabetes who have successfully managed diabetes with insulin for 10, 25, 50 or 75 years. More than 30 patients were honored.

In patients with Type 1 diabetes, also known as insulin-dependent diabetes, the pancreas is no longer able to produce insulin. Insulin is the hormone that helps sugar (glucose) to enter the body’s cells. Without insulin, glucose builds up in the bloodstream instead of entering the cells. The body is unable to use this glucose for energy despite high levels in the bloodstream. Eventually, the insulin-producing beta cells are destroyed and the body can no longer produce insulin.

The Diabetes Program at Long Beach Medical Center offers educational classes and support groups that teach the necessary skills for successful management of Type 1 diabetes. A strong emphasis on staying active, eating well, and understanding medications is placed, so patients can lead healthier lives with diabetes.

“Type 1 diabetes is a life-long condition that requires consistent management,” says Linda Kerr, RN, DNP, FNP-BC, CDE, director, Diabetes Program, Long Beach Medical Center. “Diabetes management can often be overwhelming and time consuming. We hosted the Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards to recognize the hard work and dedication that our patients have demonstrated, while living healthfully with diabetes.”