“Thanks to the exercise, my movement has improved greatly to the point that I now can volunteer 4½ hours each week, and it has helped me manage my new diagnosis of diabetes”. – Sylvia, age 55
If you have prediabetes, your blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes; and you may not even know it! For most people, there are ways to reduce your risk. Your charitable dollars through The Memorial Foundation help fund many programs to help you with that, including diabetes prevention, diabetes wellness, and My Health, My Life, a program for individuals who suffer from chronic illness. There is a support group, foot screening, nail care treatment, gestational diabetes management, insulin initiation and adjustment, and medical nutrition therapy consultation available.
Diabetes affects an estimated 23.6 million people in the United States, and is the 7th leading cause of death. Almost 25percent of Americans with diabetes are undiagnosed. Are you at risk of developing it?
Talk to your doctor to make sure your blood sugar levels, weight, and activity levels are in the healthy range. To take matters into your own hands to prevent or to better manage diabetes, consult the class schedule at yakimamemorial.org/events.
Ineke Ojanen, Certified Diabetes Educator, demonstrates recipes for healthy lifestyles.