Lake City hospital sets diabetes program

LAKE CITY – Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City is offering an educational program and diabetes risk assessment to the public at 5 p.m. Nov. 19 in its conference center.

Light refreshments will be served.

Diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, is a disease that affects 8.3 percent of the population of the United States. While 18.8 million people are diagnosed as having the disease, 7 million are undiagnosed. In addition, 79 million people are prediabetic, which means blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

There are two types of diabetes. type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. In type 2 diabetes, there is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. This is also called hyperglycemia. type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly.

Diabetes educator Maurine Thieszen described those who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

“You are at risk for getting diabetes if you have someone in your family with diabetes, weigh too much, do not get enough physical activity, or are Hispanic, American Indian, Alaska native, African American, Asian American or Pacific islander,” she said.