News Release Date : 04/03/2013
Free Pre-Diabetes Class
Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and 79 million people are considered pre-diabetic - more than triple the number of diabetics.
People with pre-diabetes have a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes; and are at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems, including heart disease or stroke. Without lifestyle changes to improve health, 15% to 30% of people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.
The good news is, type 2 diabetes can be delayed and even prevented with healthier habits during the pre-diabetes stage. St. Mary’s of Michigan will host a FREE pre-diabetes educational class on Wednesday, April 10 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Health Education Center.
The two-hour class is taught by a nurse and a dietitian, both certified diabetes educators. During the session, participants will identify their risk factors and learn how to make positive lifestyle changes to delay or prevent developing diabetes.
For more information or to register, call (989) 907-8575. Registration is required and limited to 30 participants.
The Health Education Center is located on the main hospital campus, 800 South Washington Avenue.
The class is not intended for individuals already diagnosed with diabetes.