Diabetes News – April 2020


And who isn’t a little bit stressed right now?

Diabetes management is a lifelong process. This can add stress to your daily life. Stress can be a major barrier to effective glucose control. Stress hormones in your body may directly affect glucose levels. If you’re experiencing stress or feeling threatened, your body reacts. This is called the fight-or-flight response. This response elevates your hormone levels and causes your nerve cells to fire.

During this response, your body releases adrenaline and cortisol into your bloodstream and your respiratory rates increase. Your body directs blood to the muscles and limbs, allowing you to fight the situation. Your body may not be able to process the glucose released by your firing nerve cells if you have diabetes. If you can’t convert the glucose into energy, it builds up in the bloodstream. This causes your blood glucose levels to rise.

Constant stress from long-term problems with blood glucose can also wear you down mentally and physically. This may make managing your diabetes difficult. There are many healthy ways to decrease your stress.

How to cope with diabetes-related stress

If you’re feeling stressed about your condition, know that you aren’t alone. You can connect with people online or in your community for solidarity and support.

Online support groups

You can often find online support groups that offers helpful tips and a strong community to help you cope. Diabetic Connect is an online resource dedicated to improving your quality of life. It provides articles, recipes, and informative videos.

In-person support groups

For women with diabetes, Diabetes Sisters offers nationwide meetups. The group started in North Carolina and expanded due to popularity. They now offer in-person groups throughout the country. These informal meetings are held on weeknights and typically last for one or two hours.

Defeat Diabetes Foundation provides a listing of peer support groups in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. You even search the directory and submit a listing of your own. The American Diabetes Association also offers local offices focused on education and community outreach.


You may feel more comfortable talking with a professional about your stress. A therapist can provide coping mechanisms tailored to your individual situation and give you a safe environment to talk. They may also provide medical advice that online or in-person support groups can’t offer. We offer in-house, quality behavioral health treatment at FHS. If you would like to make an appointment, call 419-502-2803, or fill out our new patient form today.

Purdie, Jennifer. Medically reviewed by Debra Sullivan, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, COI on April 29, 2016”Stress: How it Affects Diabetes and How to Decrease it”

https://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes-and-stress. Accessed 03/20/2020

When we are stressed, it is easy to turn to foods. The good news is not all foods need to be bad for you to find comfort in them. Try this cheesy bowl of yummies to lift your mood, not your blood sugars.

Steak Taco Bowl

Tender bites of taco-seasoned steak mixed with veggies and queso for a filling, low carb meal.

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings: 4


  • 1Tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2small onion, sliced thinly or 5-6 green onions
  • 8small portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 1small poblano pepper may use bell pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • 10oz steak, sliced thinly
  • 1Tbsp taco seasoning mix
  • 1/4cup queso melting cheese


  1. Heat 1-2 teaspoons olive oil in a medium skillet and add garlic, onions, mushrooms and peppers.  Cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, as desired. Remove from skillet.
  2. Add taco mix to sliced steak.  Add 1 teaspoon olive oil to skillet and heat over medium.  Add steak and stir fry until brown and cooked- about 1-2 minutes depending on thickness of slices.
  3. Add cooked veggies back to skillet with steak and stir.
  4. Heat queso and pour over steak mixture.

You can also substitute ground beef, chicken or pork in place of the steak.


Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 368mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 189IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mgabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)


* It is likely that most, if not all community offering have been postponed or canceled as a result of the coronavirus/COVID 19.  Please call the number listed for the event to verify the date and time.

If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)

Or, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html or https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/.

April (DEEP)


April 7, 2020 @ 9:00 am – May 12, 2020 @ 11:00 am


Harborview Apartments
115 Franklin Street
Sandusky, OH




Tina Elmlinger


April (DEEP)


April 8, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – May 13, 2020 @ 8:00 pm


Sandusky Library, Community Meeting Room,
114 W. Adams Street
Sandusky, OH




Tina Elmlinger


The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program [DEEP] is offered every Wednesday for six weeks. Good attendance is important. This free program is for diabetics, pre-diabetics, and spouses or caregivers of a diabetic.  Residents of Erie County, aged 60 or older, please call 419-624-1856 to register.

Diabetes Support Group – Firelands Regional Medical Center

The Diabetes Support Group presented by Jean Feick CNP,CDE, meets the third Wednesday of each month Sept–November and January-May from 12:00pm –1:00pm.  This meeting is free to the public and no registration is required. Attendees are welcome to purchase lunch in the hospital cafeteria and come to the adjacent Cafeteria Meeting #1.  A different topic will be reviewed each month. If you have questions, please contact the Diabetes Education Department at 419-557-6992.

HEALTH & WELLNESS SCREENING – offered by Firelands Regional Medical Center

You must Pre-register for all Lab Work at 419-557-7840.

Norwalk Health & Wellness Screening

Dr. Ruggles
348 Milan Ave. Suite 2
Norwalk, OH

Saturday, April 18
7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Castalia Health & Wellness Screening

Dr. Kuns
101 South Washington St.
Castalia, OH

Saturday, May 9
7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Health & Wellness Screenings include:

  • Complete Blood Count with Metabolic & Lipid Panel (No Eating or Drinking for 12 Hours – Water Allowed – includes liver and kidney function studies, fasting blood sugar, thyroid, cholesterol, HDL/LDL and triglyceride levels along with a complete blood count.) – $45;
  • Hemoglobin A1C (A three month report card on how well your blood sugars have been running. A test used to diagnose diabetes and/or to evaluate how well your treatment plan is working.) – $25;
  • PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)- $30;
  • Vitamin D – $35;
  • TSH – $25

Diet and exercise are an essential part of diabetes management. So is routine testing.

The A1C test—also known as the hemoglobin A1C or HbA1c test—is a simple blood test that measures your average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months. It’s one of the commonly used tests to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes, and is also the main test to help you and your health care team manage your diabetes. Higher A1C levels are linked to diabetes complications, so reaching and maintaining your individual A1C goal is really important if you have diabetes.

Last quarter, 68% of our diabetic patients had an A1C of less than 9%. Talk with your provider to discuss the right options for you.