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Pre-Diabetes Class January 22

December 29, 2014

McCook, Nebraska—Community Hospital is offering an educational class, “What is Pre-Diabetes and How Can it be Managed?” for persons who are pre-diabetic or think they may be. The class is Thursday, January 22 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Prairie View A Conference Room at Community Hospital. A light supper will be served.

The class will explain what is pre-diabetes and diabetes, how to test for diabetes, normal blood sugar ranges and how to manage pre-diabetes. It also includes exercise tips as well as diet training.

The class will be taught by Monica Wacker RN, certified diabetes educator, and Pat Rice, registered dietician. Total cost of the program is $10. Support people are encouraged to attend with the pre-diabetic at no cost. A light supper will be provided. Attendees’ blood sugar will be tested after each class. Pre-registration is required by contacting Monica Wacker at 308-344-8539 or email her at mwacker@chmcook.org. Please give your name, telephone number and if you are bringing a support person.

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, pre-diabetes often has no signs or symptoms.

“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,” she said.

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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