MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center Honors Diabetes Journey Milestones

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In honor of World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14, MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center, along with Eli Lilly and Company, hosted its 2nd Annual 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. Eight patients were honored at this year’s event, including one honoree celebrating 50 years of using insulin.

In patients living with Type 1 diabetes, previously known as juvenile onset diabetes, the pancreas is no longer able to produce insulin. The body breaks down carbohydrates into blood sugar (glucose) which is then used for energy. Insulin is the hormone that helps glucose to enter the body’s cells. Without insulin, glucose remains in the bloodstream and cannot be used for the body’s energy needs. With insulin therapy, people can live long and healthy lives with Type 1 diabetes. 

The Diabetes Program at Long Beach Medical Center offers educational classes and support groups that teach the necessary skills for successful management of all types of diabetes. A strong emphasis is placed on staying active, eating well, and understanding medications, so patients can confidently maintain a healthy lifestyle.

“Type 1 diabetes is a life-long condition that requires consistent management,” says Linda Kerr, DNP, RN, 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 with Type 1 diabetes.”