“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.
Diabetes and its precursor, prediabetes, are becoming major health problems in the United States. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 40 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with diabetes at some point in their lifetime.
The health complications associated with the disease can be devastating: heart disease, stroke, loss of vision, kidney failure and nerve damage that can lead to limb amputation.
But a diagnosis of prediabetes or type 2 diabetes doesn’t necessarily mean a lifetime of insulin injections and medications. Diabetes is one disease that can be controlled and sometimes even completely reversed through healthy changes to diet and exercise. Read More about The Do-It-Yourself Diabetes Cure
If you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes or your doctor says you are at risk for developing prediabetes, your fate is not set in stone. There are simple ways you can reverse the course of the disease. Before developing type 2 diabetes, people are often diagnosed with prediabetes, meaning blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Read More about Simple Ways to Reduce Your Diabetes Risk (Video)
If you find yourself on the road to diabetes, either through a diagnosis of prediabetes or by having one or more of the risk factors, it is possible to stop the progression of the disease and reverse course, according to Cathy Hazelwood, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Mills-Peninsula.
Participants will learn:
- The role of various foods in slowing the progression of prediabetes
- How to begin an easy-to-follow exercise program
- How to change lifestyle and habits to reduce their risk for developing diabetes
“Certain conditions put people at risk for developing diabetes, such as a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, having a diagnosis of prediabetes or being overweight,” Hazelwood says. “But research shows that lifestyle changes can reverse prediabetes and prevent diabetes type 2.”
This class is for anyone who wants to learn more about preventing diabetes and has diabetes risk factors or a diagnosis of prediabetes, but does have diabetes type 2. The class is offered several times per year.
Stop Diabetes in its Tracks
6:30 – 8 p.m.
The class is free. Register by calling 696-4772.
Location: Mills Health Center,
100 S. San Mateo Drive, San Mateo, Garden Room
Future class dates in 2013: July 31 and Nov. 6
Jack McDonough is spending his retirement traveling the world. He traveled earlier this year to Antarctica, and is often packing for the next adventure.
But when he’s home in Half Moon Bay, McDonough, 68, shows up nearly every week at Mills-Peninsula’s diabetes weight management class.
“I travel quite a bit, but when I’m here I make a point to go,” he says.
Over the years, McDonough tried everything to lose weight.
“In my lifetime I’ve been on every fad diet,” he says. “I’d lose weight and immediately regain it.” Read More about Gaining Control of Diabetes
More that 24 million people in the United States have diabetes and many more are headed there. In fact, more than double that amount have prediabetes or insulin resistance, a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes, according to Mills-Peninsula registered dietitian and diabetes educator Donna deKay.
The good news? Studies have shown that by losing weight and increasing physical activity people can prevent or delay prediabetes from progressing to type 2 diabetes.
In this video segment from Healthpoint TV, deKay explains the physiology of type 2 diabetes and the steps people can take to prevent it, including nutrition tips that can make a real difference.