• Regional Center for Wound Care Offers Tips for
    Healthy Holiday Eating While Living With Diabetes

    Choosing the right foods to eat during the holidays is important for everyone, but especially for people living with diabetes. Rome Memorial Hospital’s Regional Center for Wound Care offers helpful tips for making healthy choices.
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 30.3 million people, 9.4 percent of the population, have diabetes and nearly 25 percent are undiagnosed. Those affected by diabetes can take a proactive approach to the holidays especially when it involves food. There are several ways to stay healthy during the holidays including:
    ■ Planning ahead – by planning ahead, people with diabetes will have the freedom to enjoy holiday meals stress free by knowing what will be eaten, how much will be eaten and what time the meal will occur.
    ■ Considering types of food – include healthier versions of favorite dishes by utilizing fat-free or low fat options. Also consider how food is prepared and bake things instead of frying them.
    ■ Watching amount of food consumed – if substituting a favorite dish is not an option, decrease the amount of food consumed. Keep healthy snacks available while cooking, and be selective of which foods will be eaten at dinner.
    “For some people, holidays are all about the treats,” said Jennifer Fields, MS, FNP, nurse practitioner for the Wound Center. “For these people, consider bringing a healthy, homemade dessert.”
    Rome Memorial Hospital Patient and Staff Educator, Mary Rose Spellicy, RN, has been educating patients and the community about diabetes, including proper nutrition, for over 30 years.
    “Diabetics are at a higher risk for heart disease, stroke, skin disorders and amputation, vision problems, kidney disease, and gum disease,” Mary Rose explained. “Proper nutrition is one way people with diabetes can prevent complications.”
    “Overall, the holidays should be a fun time to enjoy friends and family,” Jennifer added. “Planning and compromising will help people to stay healthy and manage diabetes.”

    Patients with hard-to-heal wounds caused by diabetes seek specialized care from the experts at the Wound Center. The center provides many types of advanced wound care services for problem wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) in the center’s two chambers for those wounds classified as a Wagners grade 3 or higher diabetic foot ulcer.
    Rome Memorial Hospital’s Regional Center for Wound Care has been named a Center of Distinction by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services, for superior commitment to excellence for their patients and hospital partner. The center is located at 267 Hill Road in the Griffiss Professional Complex, Griffiss Business and Technology Park, Rome.
    For more information about the center and treatment options, call 315.338.7540.
    Mary Rose offers free community diabetes education classes at Rome Memorial Hospital the first Monday of each month. To learn more about living with diabetes and management of the disease, call Rome Memorial Hospital’s Education Department at 315.338.7143.