Raising Awareness, Continuing the Fight Against Diabetes

By: NorthShore Health Centers Last Updated: December 10, 2013

Diabetes-Education-Group-1NorthShore is helping to put a stop to Diabetes! Every month, the facility hosts Diabetes Education Groups for those suffering from the disease. A special thanks to Andrea Williams, Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) who conducts the class!

Each participant is provided with healthy snacks, a free pedometer, and a free exercise stretch band.

In the United States, 26 million adults have diabetes– nearly 540,000 of those are our fellow Hoosiers. Another 79 million have prediabetes which includes almost 280,000 individuals living in Indiana.

Diabetes-Education-Group-3Diabetes is a serious chronic condition that results in high levels of blood glucose, a form of sugar, due to defects in insulin production, insulin use, or both. People with diabetes, their family members and friends realize the daily challenges faced to manage and maintain blood glucose as close to normal as possible. However, control of blood sugar can help reduce risk for problems with eyes, nerves, kidneys, and heart later in life.

People with prediabetes and those at risk for diabetes should also take steps to avoid complications and prevent type 2 diabetes. Losing 5 to 7 percent of their weight, if they are overweight and increasing physical activity has been proven to reduce that risk by up to 58 percent.

Join the health care facility for their monthly Diabetic Group on December 20th at 1:00 pm, held at the NorthShore Lake Station Medical Conference Room, 2490 Central Ave. For more information, call 219.763.8112 or toll free 888.313.8557.