Free Community Pre-diabetes Education Program

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 these complications can mostly be prevented through a healthy lifestyle and proper management. 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.