Diabetes Education and Prevention

Peggy Steere of Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital discussed diabetes education and prevention Nov. 5, 2013 on KIT 1280.

The statistics:

  • In the United States, nearly 26 million Americans have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes – that’s more than 8 percent of the population. Another 79 million people have prediabetes, meaning their blood sugar levels are higher than normal.
    • Here in Yakima County, one in 11 people has diabetes. And one in three has prediabetes.
    • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total costs of diabetes have risen from $174 billion in 2007 to $245 billion in 2012. That represents a 41 percent increase over a five-year period.

How do we combat the disease?

Research has shown that managing your diet by reducing fat and calories and physical activity can help prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

Memorial is taking part in the National Diabetes Prevention Program, which can help people cut their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in half.  In the program:

  • Participants work with a lifestyle coach in a group setting to receive a 1-year lifestyle change program.
  • Research has shown that participants who made modest behavior changes lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight. That’s about 10-14 pounds for a 200-pound person.
  • These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people with prediabetes.

Memorial also has received a state grant to boost its diabetes awareness and prevention programs. Offerings will include courses for those newly diagnosed with diabetes, monthly support groups, foot screenings, insulin training and nutrition and one-on-one counseling.

Fun Event:

Memorial Community Education is organizing a family walk to build awareness about diabetes prevention and to encourage physical activity. Everyone is invited, so come join us!

Saturday, Nov. 9, 9-11 a.m. at Franklin Park

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.

The first 200 people get a free sports bottle.

Free Screening:

Memorial is also offering free diabetes screenings from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Nov. 16 at its community education center, located at 2506 W. Nob Hill Blvd. in Yakima.

For more information, call 509-574-5956. Or visit our website, yakimamemorial.org

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