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Learn how to reduce the risk of diabetes

FALLBROOK - To learn more about the chances of developing diabetes and how to make the lifestyle changes needed to decrease those risks, residents can attend an upcoming class sponsored by Fallbrook Smiles Project at Fallbrook Hospital in Conference Room B on Saturday, June 26. A class in Spanish will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and a class in English will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Two instructors will be presenting the class, Janine Loescher, RD, CDE, (Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator), and Cristina Shoukry, RN, FNP, CDE (Registered Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Educator).

This class is for those people whose doctors told them that they have one or more of these: a high risk of developing diabetes, pre-diabetes, borderline diabetes, high blood sugar, metabolic syndrome, impaired fasting glucose (IGT) or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or obesity. It will also benefit anyone with a family history of diabetes, in particular their mom, dad or siblings; as well as women who have had gestational diabetes during a pregnancy and anyone who is a couch potato or getting little or no formal exercise.

According to the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III (NHANES III), at least 16 million people in the U.S. are on their way to developing the disease. The good news is that diabetes prevention or delay is possible. Another study, The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), has proven that people at high risk for diabetes can successfully prevent or delay the onset of the disease.

One way is through modest lifestyle changes like improving food choices and increasing exercise; also, possibly with the use of certain medications such as metformin.

Making these lifestyle changes can be difficult and it is easy to get discouraged. There are no easy or quick fixes, but by making small changes every day one’s risk for diabetes can be significantly decreased.

The class is free; however, an RSVP is required so sufficient materials will be available. Call one of the following numbers by Thursday, June 24 to RSVP. For the English class call (760) 731-8140 and for the Spanish class call (760) 731-7777. Callers should provide their name, number of people in their party attending and their phone number. When coming to the class they will need to enter the hospital through the back door or emergency room entrance.


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