What is pre-diabetes and is it something you need to worry about? In the
United States, 25.8 million people have diabetes, and another 79 million
have pre-diabetes, a condition where their blood sugars are higher than
normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes.
People with pre-diabetes are at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes
and other serious health problems, including heart disease and stroke.
Without lifestyle changes to improve their health, 15 to 30 percent of
people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years,
according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The good news is that in many cases these complications can be prevented
by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Southeast Georgia Health System offers
a free community pre-diabetes education program to help participants properly
manage their condition in order to live the healthiest life possible.
The Brunswick Campus pre-diabetes education program is scheduled for Monday,
Sept. 8, 6-7:30 p.m., in the Linda S. Pinson Conference Center, 2415 Parkwood
Drive. The Camden Campus program is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 15, 6-7:30
p.m., in the cafeteria conference room, 2000 Dan Proctor Drive, St. Marys.
During the program, certified diabetes educator Sue Ullrich, R.N., MA.Ed.,
CDE, will discuss the following topics:
- Risk factors for pre-diabetes
- Diagnosing pre-diabetes
- Successfully living with pre-diabetes
- Making lifestyle changes
- Reducing risk for type 2 diabetes
The Southeast Georgia Health System Diabetes Education Program is recognized
by the American Diabetes Association for meeting National Standards for
Diabetes Self-Management Education. For more information, or to register,
call the Brunswick Campus at 912-466-1689 or the Camden Campus at 912-576-6488.