PITTSBURG - The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) is offering a free diabetes education program titled “An Update on Diabetic Medications” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the clinic’s main conference room at 3011 N. Michigan in Pittsburg.

The program, presented by CHC/SEK Pharmacist Lisa Wells, Pharm.D., will discuss the various medications diabetics use to control their blood sugar and how they work including in-depth information about many of the newer diabetic mediations that could offer better treatment alternatives for those battling the disease.

“Many people are concerned with the weight gain that seems to be associated with insulin use,” said Nancy Evans, RN and Certified Diabetic Educator for CHC/SEK. “Many of the new medications address both blood sugar and weight loss very successfully.”

Evans also noted that someone who has been taking the same medication for a long time might not be aware of the new options.

“It used to be there were only a few options in the treatment of diabetes,” said Evans. “Some of these newer medications have really changed the face of diabetes, giving people more avenues and better ways to treat this disease.”

The Oct. 18 program is the latest in a monthly series presented by CHC/SEK that will highlight various topics related to diabetes.

“Many of the topics will stem from the self-care behaviors that are taught during our diabetic education classes,” said Evans “The programs will cover subjects like proper blood sugar monitoring, insulin administration, nutrition and healthy movement just to name a few.”

CHC/SEK’s Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) program earned national accreditation from the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) in 2014. The monthly programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a CHC/SEK patient to attend. For more information, contact CHC/SEK at 620-231-9873.

About Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) is a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center dedicated to providing affordable, high quality medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and outreach services to southeast Kansas and the region. For more information, visit www.chcsek.org