NHCH Supports Healthy Living with Free Prediabetes Education Classes
Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 86 million American adults - 1 out of every 3 - has prediabetes with only 11% of individuals with prediabetes aware they have the condition.  Without intervention, 15 to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.

Prediabetes is defined as having a blood glucose (sugar) level that is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.   People are more likely to have prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if they are: 45 years of age or older, overweight,  have a family history of type 2 diabetes, physically active fewer than three times per week,  and/or have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during a pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than nine pounds. Additional signs and symptoms of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes include excessive thirst and hunger, change in weight, frequent urination and high blood glucose.

Classes will consist of three 1.5-hour group sessions, presented by a certified diabetes nurse educator from the hospital’s Diabetes Wellness Center.  Topics covered will include: nutritional education, carbohydrate vs. protein, the importance of exercise for good health and awareness of complications caused by uncontrolled diabetes.  Other areas of discussion include meal planning and the social aspects of living with diabetes as well as how to take control of your health.

Classes are offered by NHCH’s Diabetes Wellness Clinic in support of the hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) focus topic of “Exercise, Weight and Nutrition.”  Classes are currently scheduled for September 14, 21, and 28; October 12, 19, and 26; and November 10, 17, and 24. Self referrals and physician referrals are welcome.   Program consists of 3 classes.  Classes are held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Mauna Kea/Mauna Loa Conference Rooms at North Hawaii Community Hospital.  Pre-registration is required.  Please call 808-881-4832 to register or for more information.  North Hawaii Community Hospital is located at 67-1125 Mamalahoa Hwy in Kamuela, Hawaii.