Mt. Vernon Register-News

March 19, 2013

Diabetes management program to be held

By TESA GLASS
tesa.glass@register-news.com

MT. VERNON — — The Jefferson County Health Department will host a diabetes self-management program starting April 2 at Rose Lane.

According to information from the Jefferson County Health Department, the free series will be held at 9 a.m. for six weeks, designed for people with diabetes or who have loved ones diagnosed with diabetes. Those participating are able to set their own goals and make step-by-step plans to improve their health and life.

According to information from the National Diabetes Education program, American Diabetes Association Alert Day is March 26, and is designated to serve as a wake-up call to the public about the seriousness of diabetes.

"If left undiagnosed or untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health problems including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, amputation and even death," information states. "Many serious diseases run in families, including diabetes. If you have a mother, father, brother or sister with type 2 diabetes, you have a higher chance of developing the disease. Understanding your family's history of diabetes can help you take action now to prevent or delay the development of this serious disease."

Other risk factors include being overweight or obese, physically inactive and older than 45 years. The disease is more common in African-Americans, people of African ancestry, Hispanics and Latinos, American Indians, Alaska natives, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

The NDEP states studies have shown type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing a small amount of weight such as 5 to 7 percent, which would be 10 to 14 pounds in a 200 pound person. In addition, becoming more active can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes onset.

Additional information and registration information is available by contacting the Jefferson County Health Department at 244-7134.