Fresno State students and community members with diabetes heard tips and advice on how to regulate insulin during a lecture held last Wednesday.
More than a hundred students, practitioners and members of the diabetic community attended a the lecture on campus, which featured award-winning diabetes educator Gary Scheiner.
The event came during Diabetes Awareness Month. The Diabetes Coalition at Fresno State wanted to feature an educator with “cutting-edge techniques” for managing diabetes.
The group aims to spread diabetes awareness and education at Fresno State. It teaches the others about the condition as well as offers free diabetes screenings and support groups.
Scheiner travels the country giving educational presentations to a number of diabetes organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the American Diabetes Association.
His book, “Think Like a Pancreas: A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes with Insulin” targets insulin users with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.
His lecture focused on managing diabetes and sought to give the audience the tools and techniques they need to regulate their own treatment.
Scheiner said that many patients are not given specialized advice on how to regulate their treatment and monitor their blood sugar throughout the day.
His book intends to “pick up where their doctors leave off,” and offers advice on how to manage and adjust insulin dosage.
As someone who has lived with Type 1 diabetes for many years, Scheiner said it is important to balance the highs and lows. Irregularities can lead to issues in physical exercise, intellectual performance and emotional stability.
“I want to make sure that people are enjoying a quality of life today and glucose control makes a big difference in how people perform in everything they do,” he said.
A negative experience with a professor about his condition sparked the desire to start a group on campus that offered services and support for those who find themselves in the same position, Jaime said.
“For the campus community and even the Central Valley, there’s such a high rate of diabetes and no resources for us,” said Matthew Jaime, founder and president of the Diabetes Coalition.