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Tribal Health and Wellness News

November is National Diabetes Month Diabetes Clinic
November 19 and
“Stay on TRACK To Prevent Blindness From Diabetes” December 17
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
What Is Diabetic Eye Disease? Diabetic eye disease is a group of eye problems people with diabetes Chehalis Tribal
may face as a complication of the disease, which can lead to vision loss or blindness. These eye Wellness Center
problems include: This day will focus on the care of the diabetic
„„Cataract: Clouding of the lens of the eye. patient. We will have healthy snacks available,
diabetes information, diabetes meter exchange if
„„Glaucoma: Increase in fluid pressure inside the eye that leads to optic nerve damage and loss of you are in need of a new meter.
Patients will have:
„„Diabetic retinopathy: Damage to the blood vessels in the retina. Diabetic retinopathy is the most „„Labs
common form of diabetic eye disease. „„Vitals
„„See their health care provider
All people with diabetes, types 1 and 2, are at risk. The longer a person has diabetes, the greater the „„See their registered dietitian
risk for diabetic eye disease. African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Hispanics/Latinos, „„Review your last eye exam, diabetes foot
and older adults are at higher risk for losing vision or going blind from diabetes.
If you have diabetes, it’s important to keep your health on TRACK: exam, and dental exam
„„Immunizations and medications
Take your medications as prescribed by your doctor.
Reach and maintain a healthy weight. If you are a Diabetic and have not been seen for
Add physical activity to your day. your regular Diabetes care we want to see you.
Control your ABC’s—A1C, blood pressure, and We will be having a Diabetes clinic every month,
and plan to see all our diabetic patients.
cholesterol levels.
To schedule your diabetes appointment please
Kick the smoking habit. call Michelle Romero, Diabetes Outreach LPN at
360-709-1660 or the clinic front desk at 360-273-
People with diabetes should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. A dilated eye 5504.
exam is when an eye care professional puts drops in the eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupils in order to
examine the back of the eyes for signs of disease. All diabetic patients who schedule
an appointment and complete all
screenings during their visit will
receive a special gift!

Diabetic eye disease often has no warning signs, but it can be detected and treated early, before WIC Program
noticeable vision loss occurs.
(Women, Infants, and Children) provides
With early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up, the risk of severe vision loss from healthy foods and nutrition information for
diabetic retinopathy can be reduced by 95 percent.
you and your child up to age 5.
Additional resources and materials can be found on the NEHEP Diabetic Eye Disease Program Web
page at First Thursday
each month
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in the United States, but early detection, timely
treatment, and appropriate follow-up can reduce your risk of vision loss by as much as 95 percent. 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Learn more: at the Chehalis Wellness

The Chehalis Tribal Diabetes Program is here to help. If you would like to learn more about Diabetes Center
and complications from Diabetes, please contact: (dates and times

Michelle Romero, Diabetes Outreach LPN at 360-273-5504 EXT 1660, may change)
Pat Odiorne, RD, CDE at 360-273-5504 EXT 1884 or your health care provider.
For appointments or questions, contact:
Deb Shortman at 360-709-1689

Debbie Gardipee-Reyes 360-462-3227
Patty 360-462-3224 or

SPIPA main number: 360-426-3990

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