Diabetes Prevention and Care Educational Programs

Diabetes Prevention and Care Educational Programs

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Diabetes Facts

Diabetes is a serious health condition in which your body doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use it as well as it should.  When this happens, too much sugar stays in your bloodstream, and overtime, this can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, vision, loss, and kidney disease.

The truth is that 37 million, or 1 in 10, people in the U.S. have diabetes. However, 1 in 5 don’t even know they have diabetes.  According to the ADA, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

There isn’t a cure yet for diabetes, but eating healthy, losing weight, and being physically active can help you not only manage this condition, but also thrive.

Diagram - Signs of Type 2 DiabetesIf you have the following symptoms, you should see your doctor about testing your blood sugar:

  • Frequent and urgent urination, often at night
  • Extreme thirst
  • Weight loss without trying
  • Very hungry
  • Blurry vision
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
  • Fatigue
  • Very dry skin
  • Sores that heal slowly
  • Have more infections than usual

There isn’t a cure yet for diabetes, but eating healthy, losing weight, and being physically active can help you not only manage this condition, but also thrive.

UMC’s Diabetes Self-Management program will give you the tools you need to help you manage your diabetes in your everyday life.  This program will give you the support to manage diabetes in a way that works for you and your lifestyle.

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What is Prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a medical term used for people whose blood sugar levels do not meet the established criteria for diabetes mellitus but are too high to be considered normal. Prediabetes puts you at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. 

The CDC states that 88 million (1 in 3) adult Americans who develop type 2 diabetes nearly always have prediabetes, and more than 84 percent go undiagnosed.

Prediabetes in the U.S. in 2018If you have these risk factors, you may be at higher risk than others for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

  • Are 45 year of age or older 
  • Are overweight
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Are physically active fewer than 3 times per week
  • Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes)
  • Gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds

UMC’s Diabetes Prevention program can put you on track to delaying or preventing diabetes and living a longer, healthy lifestyle.

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