X

You’ll find that Lutheran worship is often very similar to Catholic mass. The Lutheran church is part of the “liturgical tradition.”

Join us for Sundary Worship:
8:00, 9:30, 11:00am

Holy Spirit Lutheran Church is located on the corner of 100th Ave and 124th Street.

For Your Kids

Rainbow Kids (Preschool) available during 9:30am service

K - 5 available during the 9:30am and 11am services

Time 4 Tweens (6th Grade) available during 9:30am service

Breakfast Club (Jr & Sr High) available during 11am service

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

image

As we are looking forward to the holiday season; a season of family, get-togethers, and especially FOOD, it seems rather Grinch-like to remind you that November is Diabetes Awareness Month.

I don’t talk about this only because I am a trained professional, but because I am aware of the consequences of unchecked diabetes. Especially when diabetes’ pals high blood pressure and high cholesterol tag along. And, they always do to form a nasty gang.

Diabetes can affect almost every part of your body. So, it’s important to manage your blood glucose levels, also called blood sugar. Managing your blood glucose, as well as your blood pressure and cholesterol, can help prevent the health problems that can occur when you have diabetes.

You have been told by your health-care provider that you have “pre-diabetes.” Some people assume that “pre-diabetes” is not a serious condition. However, we know that it means your body is facing challenges with processing calories, specifically, carbohydrates.  The can lead to diabetes and related complications. A small amount of weight loss helps to reverse the course of pre-diabetes.

 

The Parish Nurses and the Wellness Committee team can support you with information on the ABCs of diabetes control:

A for the A1C test. The A1C test shows your average blood glucose level over the past 3 months. The A1C goal for many people with diabetes is below 7 percent. Ask your health care team what your goal should be.

B for Blood pressure. The blood pressure goal for most people with diabetes is below 140/90 mm Hg. Ask what your goal should be.

C for Cholesterol. You have two kinds of cholesterol in your blood: LDL and HDL. LDL or “bad” cholesterol can build up and clog your blood vessels. Too much bad cholesterol can cause a heart attack or stroke. HDL or “good” cholesterol helps remove the “bad” cholesterol from your blood vessels.

S for Stop smoking. Not smoking is especially important for people with diabetes because both smoking and diabetes narrow blood vessels. Blood vessel narrowing makes your heart work harder. E-cigarettes aren’t a safe option either.

Check in with the Parish Nurses on Wednesdays for a Diabetes Risk Test and to chat about your health concerns. Get your blood pressure checked on the last Sunday of each month.  We are here to support your health and wellness.

Jan Rystrom, Certified Diabetes Educator and Chair, Wellness Committee

login