Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center

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Support Groups Offered for Adults with Diabetes

April 18, 2013 — Harold Hamm Diabetes Center announced today the establishment of free diabetes support groups open to the public to discuss life with a chronic illness. Healthcare professionals have organized support groups for people living with diabetes and for friends and family members of people with diabetes to express the hardships of life with diabetes and to learn how to manage the disease better.

“It’s important for patients and family members of patients with diabetes to express concerns about managing diabetes in a group setting,” said Steve Sternlof, licensed psychologist at Harold Hamm. “It helps to know that other people face the same obstacles as you and to have an avenue for community members to come together over shared experiences.”

The groups are free of cost and meet the last Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center located at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and 10th Street. The next group begins on May 28th.

“Creating a supportive environment for people affected by diabetes is a proven method for reducing the stress associated with the disease,” said Sumali Fernando, psychology fellow and team leader of the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center support groups. “Having this forum enhances the diabetes care people already receive at the center.”

For more information or to RSVP for a support group, call (405) 271-5642 or email groups@haroldhamm.org