One in ten people is living with the disease. The bad news is, you could be at risk and not even know it. “Having diabetes increases your risk for stroke, heart attack, kidney failure nerve damage, limb loss,” said Annette McClenahan, a diabetes coordinator with Lee Health.
But before your blood sugars are high enough to become diabetes health experts say many people are living with prediabetes. “What’s really important about this stage is, if we work on certain lifestyle factors, such as weight loss and activity, you can actually reverse pre-diabetes or prevent it from advancing to type two diabetes,” she said.
Patients are considered pre-diabetic if the A1C is between 5.7 and 6.4. Patients are considered diabetic once their A1C reaches over 6.5.
Diabetes coordinators teach a yearlong prediabetes program educating participants on how they can change their lifestyle to reverse their diagnosis and prevent type two diabetes. “We are looking at behavior, habits, we’re looking at diet, we’re looking at exercise, we’re looking at barriers, things that get in the way,” said McClenahan.
Along with support and accountability, the class offers education and challenges to help participants develop a healthier lifestyle. “It’s going to be able to answer your questions; it’s going to help you make decisions that are more beneficial to your health, and living well,” she said.
Adopting healthier habits to improve your quality of life and lower your risk for diabetes.
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