According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 18 million people have diagnosed diabetes and an estimated six million people are still undiagnosed. Since 1990 the incidence of diabetes has risen eight percent.
A progressive disease, diabetes is the leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and loss of limbs. “But you can reduce your risk of developing diabetes,” says Janette Lobdell, RN, CDE, of St. Mary’s Diabetes Education Program. “Controlling your weight, getting more exercise, and making healthy food choices will lower your risk.”
For those who have already been diagnosed, St. Mary’s offers diabetes and nutrition education classes. “If you are diagnosed with diabetes, your physician can provide a referral to our classes. The sooner you take action and manage your condition, the less damaging the disease is likely to be,” Lobdell explains. Whether just diagnosed or living with the condition for years, St. Mary’s Diabetes Education Program provides education and practical guidance on diet, exercise, medication, and day-to-day living skills, helping people with diabetes live their healthiest possible life.
Tuesdays, July 24, 31, August 7, 14
St. Mary’s Life Center
2686 Patterson Road, Grand Junction, CO
Call 298-6900 to schedule an initial appointment with a diabetes educator prior to the class, or call 298-2582 for more information.
St. Mary's Hospital & Regional Medical Center
2635 North 7th Street Grand Junction, Colorado 81501