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.
Faster and more effective treatments for diabetes are on the horizon, and Mills-Peninsula’s Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) is leading the charge to get these new products and drugs to market.
Working with companies that manufacture products to treat diabetes, the DRI conducts clinical trials and aids the development process until the offerings are ready to be submitted to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for approval.
“We’ve helped test and develop many of the diabetes drugs and devices on the market today,” said David Klonoff, M.D., medical director of the DRI.
Blindness, amputation, heart disease, kidney failure. The long list of health problems associated with diabetes is well-publicized, but many people don’t know that even minor changes to diet and exercise habits can prevent the disease, even after prediabetes develops.
“Often people think they can’t make any changes, but small steps can produce big rewards in preventing type 2 diabetes,” said Donna deKay, R.D., certified diabetes educator and outpatient nutritionist at Mills-Peninsula Health Services.