Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050. An additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Beginning in August, Redwood Area Hospital diabetes educator, Dorie Oja will be offering a free year-long “I CAN Prevent Diabetes” program. The program helps support people with pre-diabetes or at risk for diabetes. Groups will meet with Oja once a week for the first four months and then monthly for the following eight months. The program focuses on help with losing weight, eating healthier and increasing physical activity.
“Research shows that an individual with pre-diabetes, or higher than normal blood sugar levels, can delay and even prevent type 2 diabetes by making simple lifestyle changes that result in a 5-7% weight loss,” explains Oja.
There is no cost to participate in the program. Participants in the “I CAN Prevent Diabetes” program should be:
- 18 years or older
- at risk for but not currently diagnosed with diabetes
- not pregnant
To register, call the Redwood Area Hospital Diabetes and Nutrition Center at 507-637-4518.
“If diabetes isn’t managed, it can damage many parts of the body, leading to heart attacks, strokes, amputation, blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage,” said Dorie Oja, certified diabetes educator at Redwood Area Hospital. “But there is good news: diabetes complications can be prevented or delayed with proper treatment.”
Risk factors for diabetes include:
- a family history of diabetes
- women who have had gestational diabetes
- obesity and inactivity
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- belonging to minority groups, such as Hispanics and Native Americans
If you have questions about diabetes management or would like more information about preventing diabetes, please call Redwood Area Hospital’s Diabetes and Nutrition Center at 507-637-4518.