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Hospital offers free diabetes program

La Grange – Diabetes is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the United States, affecting almost 24 million Americans. Another 41 million Americans are estimated to have pre-diabetes, which if left untreated can develop into the most prevalent type of diabetes, Type 2. Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital is leading the way in educating those who live with this condition during a special event in March.

“Managing Diabetes During These Challenging Times” is set for 10-11 a.m., Thursday, March 5, at the Dixon Education Center at the hospital, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road.  Those attending will learn from a panel of specialists how to better meet the daily challenges of managing diabetes.

“Lifestyle is causing an epidemic of diabetes,” said Anne Peters, a certified diabetes educator who is coordinating the event. “Keeping your weight under control and getting some exercise – something as simple as walking 30 minutes a day, five days a week, can help prevent this devastating disease.”

The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse lists these other risk factors for the condition:

Adults age 40 or older and children who are obese and sedentary.
A parent, brother, or sister with diabetes.
Had gestational diabetes, or gave birth to at least one baby weighing more than 9 pounds. Sedentary lifestyle – little or no exercise.

Along with Peters, a panel of specialists will make presentations and take questions during the hour-long event.  They include endocrinologist Dr. Javed Nazir, registered dietician Sally Rogina and exercise physiologist Wayne Guccione.

“With proper diet management, exercise and a healthy lifestyle, most people live full lives while managing diabetes,” Peters said. “This event is an excellent opportunity to learn more.”