The Diabetes Clinic makes a focused attack on blood sugar levels
Alisa Booze Troetschel, Clinic Volunteer
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), in 2008 close to 10 out of every 100 adults in Fauquier County had been diagnosed with diabetes. The rate is a little higher in Rappahannock County – 10.7 percent. This is on par with the rest of the United States. In 2010 the CDC said 11.3 percent of all people have diabetes.
We’re doing something about that in our neck of the woods. The Fauquier Free Clinic has many special programs for our diabetic patients.
Diabetic patients referred into the program come to see a doctor every three months – the same doctor, every time. That way they get continuity of care. They and the doctor can work together to get that blood sugar down, way down! Patients have entered the diabetes clinic with very high blood levels of sugar, and have managed to lower the levels to almost normal!
One way they do that is to by working with Aren Dodge. She’s a volunteer dietitian and diabetes educator. She gives our patients great tips on how to eat healthier and stick to a budget.
Dr. Carmen Cioceanu runs the clinic. She’s the doorkeeper. She decides who can most benefit from the program.
Dr. Patty Daly is an endocrinologist who sees our patients in the diabetes program at the Rappahannock Clinic in Washington.
Doctors Kevin McCarthy, Michael Ackerman and Bill Simpson each have volunteered to follow about 10 patients at our Warrenton site.
This team of volunteers has been working with our patients and with our clinic since we started focusing intensely on diabetes back in 2002. How’s that for a dedicated effort?!