A fresh group of faces graduated from the San Quentin Diabetic Class this past July, following an 18-week course. During a heartfelt ceremony attended by facilitators, mentors, staff supporters and other graduates of the program, the men came up one by one and spoke about how their lives had changed for the better from learning about diabetes.
One of the graduates, Anthony Pier, told the San Quentin News that the class had taught him to live with his disease.
“I found out how to eat better and take care of my body, to live a longer life,” he said.
Pier encourages all diabetics to take the class and gain the same tools he did.
In order to know if you are diabetic or even borderline or pre-diabetic, you can ask your doctor for the A1C test. Diabetes can lead to fatal complications such as heart attacks, kidney failure and many others that can be prevented with the right care.
However, the class isn’t solely for diabetics.
“Even though I am not a diabetic I still signed up for the group because I heard that I would learn different tools that would help me live longer,” Dennis Oates said. “I learned how to take care of my body better. From the different lectures that were taught, I even found out where the different organs were inside of my body and their functions.”
The course includes a wide variety of educational classes, such as an introduction to diabetes mellitus, lessons on emotional eating and food labels, neuropathy and foot care and even a class on breathing and meditation. Diabetics enrolled in the class also receive their own glucometer and supplies and learned how to use them.
There were 16 graduates this time around: James Apperson, Wilfried Brown, Wilfried Calamese, Edwin Carlevato, Mario Eslava, Robert Graham, Jewel Harrison, Thomas Jeffery, Samuel Jones, Dennis Oates, Herminio Quinonez, Anthony Pier, Charles Reese, David Roberts, Kevin Schrubb and Paul Vogan. They now join a community of over 150 inmates on the mainline who have passed the class.
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