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Learn How To Live Fully With Diabetes: Join Our Diabetes Self-Management Workshop!

Andi WaismanAndi Waisman, Healthy Living Program Manager

LifePath’s Healthy Living program is hosting a free Diabetes Self-Management workshop in Greenfield on Thursday evenings, starting June 13. We will gather 10-15 people with diabetes and/or their caregivers in a small group each week for 6 weeks, where we will learn:

  • Techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes: fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration
  • Appropriate exercise or maintaining and improving strength and endurance
  • Healthy eating
  • Appropriate use of medication
  • Working more effectively with health care providers

“There are many things that people with diabetes can do to delay or prevent the onset of heart disease.”

Participants will make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program.

Diabetes is currently the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, and studies show that deaths related to diabetes may be under-reported! Today, 1 in 10 US adults have diabetes, and if trends continue, 1 in 5 will have it by 2025. An additional 84.1 million US adults (1 in 3) have prediabetes, which means their blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. Without intervention, many people with prediabetes could develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years, which puts them at risk of serious health problems, including:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Blindness
  • Kidney failure, and
  • Loss of toes, feet, or legs

Diabetes increases the risk of heart disease by 2 to 4 times. There are many things that people with diabetes can do to delay or prevent the onset of heart disease. The following behaviors are effective strategies to prevent complications from diabetes and prediabetes: healthy eating (reducing salt intake and increasing fruits and vegetables), being active (150 minutes spread out over 3 days a week), taking medication, monitoring, reducing risks, problem solving, and healthy coping.

Race and ethnicity also affect your risk. African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, Pacific Islanders and some Asian Americans are at particularly high risk for type 2 diabetes.

Our program, developed and reviewed by physicians, diabetes educators, dietitians, and other health professionals at Stanford University has reached many people with great results. The program is taught by Peer Educators and provides support to overcome the daunting challenges to changing our lifestyles. This workshop season, we are holding our Diabetes Self Management workshop on Thursday evenings from 5:30 pm - 8 pm. Please call Andi Waisman at 413-773-5555, extension 2297 to register or for location information.