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Preventing Diabetes Without a Pill

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 in Diabetes

HealthyFood“Lifestyle management is more powerful than taking a pill for preventing diabetes,” says Pauline Chau, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator in Mills-Peninsula’s Diabetes and Nutrition Department.

Research shows that people with prediabetes who lose a modest amount of weight through dietary changes and increased activity can sharply reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

“The time is now to act – don’t wait for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis before you take action,” Chau says. “I encourage everyone to think of prediabetes as stage 1 of diabetes. By the time people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, 50 percent of their insulin-producing beta cells are already gone. This means insulin resistance develops during prediabetes, and you can take action to prevent it.”

Mills-Peninsula is offering its free, quarterly diabetes prevention seminar on Nov. 17.

Stop Diabetes in its Tracks: Explore the causes of type 2 diabetes, how the disease affects ethnic groups differently, and how to incorporate dietary changes and exercise into your daily life to prevent it.

Nov. 17, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Hendrickson Auditorium at Mills Health Center, 100 S. San Mateo Drive, San Mateo

For more information, visit mills-peninsula.org/diabetes or call 650-696-4772.