2008-02-14 / News

Pre-diabetes education at McLaren

FLINT — More than 41 million people in the United States ages 40-74 suffer from diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. To help educate the public on the disease, McLaren Regional Medical Center will offer a pre-diabetes class from 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 27.

Diabetes is diagnosed when fasting blood sugar levels are at 126 and higher. If someone has a fasting blood sugar level between 100-125 then he/she has pre-diabetes, which can lead to Type 2 diabetes.

“The good news is that research shows that if people with pre-diabetes make the effort to manage their blood glucose they can delay or prevent Type 2 diabetes from developing,” said Beth Maurer, diabetes education coordinator at McLaren’s Diabetes Self-Management program.

The class, which covers prevention, risk factors, physical activity and nutrition, costs $25 and registration is required. A food exchange booklet also can be purchased for $3.

To register for the class or for details, contact McLaren’s Diabetes Education program at 810-342-2110. — Natalie Blythe

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