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Community Hospital Offering Pre-Diabetes Program

December 11, 2012

McCook, Nebraska—Community Hospital is offering an educational program for persons who are pre-diabetic or think they may be pre-diabetic.

The pre-diabetic program consists of two classes offered on Tuesdays, January 15 and 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. The first class will cover facts on pre-diabetes and an introduction to carbohydrate counting. The second class will cover portion distortion and exercise.

Pre-diabetes means that a person’s blood sugar level is higher than normal, but has not increased enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Still, without intervention, pre-diabetes is likely to become type 2 diabetes in 10 years or less. And, if someone is pre-diabetic, the long-term damage of diabetes — especially to your heart and circulatory system — may already be starting. Unlike diabetes, often, pre-diabetes has no signs or symptoms.

Classes will be taught by Monica Wacker RN, certified diabetes educator, and Pat Rice, registered dietician. Total cost of the program is $10 which covers the cost of the two classes and provides the book, “The Calorie King,” 2013 version, and a pedometer.

Support people are encouraged to attend at no extra cost. A light snack will be provided. Attendees’ blood sugar will be tested after each class. Pre-registration is required by Friday, January 11. Contact Monica Wacker at 308-344-8539 to pre-register or for any questions. If you leave a message, please give your name, telephone number and if you are bringing a support person.

“There's good news for someone who knows they are pre-diabetic,” Wacker said. Pre-diabetes can be an opportunity for you to improve your health, because progression from pre-diabetes to type 2 diabetes isn't inevitable. With healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating healthy foods, including physical activity in your daily routine and maintaining a healthy weight, you may be able to bring your blood sugar level back to normal.”

Pre-diabetes Risk Factors

Please attend the pre-diabetic program or ask your doctor about blood glucose screening if you have any risk factors for pre-diabetes, such as:

  • You are overweight, with a body mass index above 25.
  • You are inactive.
  • You are age 45 or older.
  • You have a family history of type 2 diabetes.
  • You are African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, Asian-American or a Pacific Islander.
  • You developed gestational diabetes when you were pregnant or gave birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds (4.1 kilograms).
  • You have polycystic ovary syndrome.
  • You have high blood pressure.
  • Your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is below 35 mg/dL (0.9 mmol/L) or your triglyceride level is above 250 mg/dL (2.83 mmol/L).
  • You regularly sleep 5.5 hours or less a night.

Anyone concerned about diabetes should consult their doctor if they notice any type 2 diabetes signs or symptoms, which are increased thirst and frequent urination, fatigue, and blurred vision.

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