Diabetes Conversation Maps
What is it?
- Diabetes Conversation Maps are a fun and interactive way to get talking about diabetes, as well as meet and learn from others with diabetes.
- Each 1.5-2 hour session covers different topics related to diabetes that can answer questions such as: What is diabetes? How can I manage it? How can I prevent complications? How do medications help? What are the best food choices? How can I be active? How can I take care of my feet?
- Each session is lead by 2 members of our diabetes team–registered nurse, registered dietitian, pharmacist, nurse practitioner, chiropodist and social worker.
- The goal of the sessions is to improve your knowledge around diabetes and provide you with skills to manage the disease on a day-to-day basis.
- You can attend one or all of the sessions and family members are welcome to join you! All sessions are free of charge.
Do I qualify?
- You must be a registered patient with the Markham Family Health Team and at least 18 years of age. You do not need a doctor’s referral to participate.
How do I register?
- Contact Carly at Carly.Holmes@markhamfht.com or 905-471-9999 x 267
- Act quickly – spaces are very limited (maximum 8 participants) per session
- Please contact Maryam Estakhri, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at 905-471-9999 x 317.
What are the sessions about?
How Diabetes Works:
Meet with our registered nurse to review what is happening in your body when you have diabetes, the complications of the disease, the targets for blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol and what you can do to manage your condition day-to-day.
Healthy Eating and Keeping Active:
Lead by our registered dietitian, this session will answer your questions about diet and lifestyle strategies that will help you manage your diabetes.
Caring for your Feet:
Spend time with our chiropodist to learn how diabetes can affect your feet, and how proper foot care can prevent complications.
Meet with our pharmacist to learn about the various diabetes medications available and how they work as well as have any of your questions answered in order to best manage your diabetes.
Living with Diabetes: Mind and Body:
Lead by our Social Worker, come to learn about the emotional impact of diabetes. Daily life with a chronic disease can be a challenge. We will discuss management tools, like mindfulness and physical activity, that you can use in your day-to-day life to help ease the stress and emotions of living with diabetes.