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Helping Southern Nevadans Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes SignsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in three U.S. adults has prediabetes. That’s 79 million Americans over 20 years old, and the majority of these people who have prediabetes don’t know it.

If you have prediabetes, it means your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. Prediabetes is a serious health risk that increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Without lifestyle changes, 15-30 percent of the people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five

You may be at risk for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes if you:
• are 45 years of age or older
• are overweight
• have a parent with diabetes
• have a brother or sister with diabetes
• have a family background that is African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American-Indian, Asian-American, or Pacific Islander
• had diabetes when you were pregnant of gave birth to a baby weight 9 pounds or more
• are physically active less than three times a week.

The good news? You can prevent type 2 diabetes by making healthy lifestyle changes, and Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican has a new program that can help.

The new CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based lifestyle change program offered by St. Rose Dominican that is aimed at preventing type 2 diabetes.

In this program, you will work in a group with a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes. You will learn about healthy eating, adding physical activity to your life, staying motivated, and solving problems that can get in the way of healthy changes.

“If you have prediabetes,” says Aidee Flores Fernandez, Community Education Program Specialist at St. Rose Dominican, “this National Diabetes Prevention Program offers a real chance to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by helping you adopt a healthier lifestyle.”

What is diabetes?
In type 2 diabetes, the most common form, the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin allows the body to use glucose (sugar) for energy.

According to the American Diabetes Association, when there isn’t enough insulin or it doesn’t get used as it should be, glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into the body’s cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of fueling the cells, the body becomes starved for energy and, over time, may hurt the eyes, kidneys, nerves or heart.

Common Symptoms of Diabetes
• Urinating often
• Feeling very thirsty
• Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating normally
• Extreme fatigue
• Blurry vision
• Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
• Weight loss – even though you are eating more (type 1)
• Tinging, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

Learn about the many diabetes-related programs offered through St. Rose by calling 702.616.4914

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