November is National Diabetes Month:
New Pen Bay Healthcare Program Focuses on Prevention
In observance of National Diabetes Month in November, the Pen Bay Diabetes and Nutrition Care Center is urging Mainers to take action by making changes that will improve—or possibly even lengthen—their lives.
More than 100,000 adults in Maine have some form of diabetes, according to 2011 estimates. (Data source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.) Perhaps as troubling is that more Mainers may be at risk for developing the disease but not know it. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one of every three U.S. adults has “pre-diabetes.” Someone with pre-diabetes is more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, which increases the risk for possible complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, and other health problems.
This fall, Pen Bay’s Diabetes and Nutrition Care Center began offering the Healthy Lifestyles program, an evidenced-based diabetes prevention program rooted in the U.S. CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. The year-long program has been proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by up to 58 percent in people with pre-diabetes.
“We help participants to improve their food choices, increase physical activity, and learn coping skills to maintain weight loss and healthy lifestyle changes,” said Eileen Molloy, a registered dietician at the Diabetes and Nutrition Care Center. “Lots of little changes add up, and can change your future in innumerable ways.”
Healthy Lifestyles participants must be 18 or older, overweight and be diagnosed with pre-diabetes, or be at high risk due to family history of diabetes, lack of exercise, or having had gestational diabetes. Many insurances will cover the program, and scholarships may also available. Pre-registration is required. The Healthy Lifestyles program, part of MaineHealth’s Communities Transforming initiative, will begin another session in January 2014.
For more information about pre-diabetes or the Healthy Lifestyles program, call the Pen Bay Diabetes and Nutrition Care Center at 701-3999, or email Eileen Molloy at email@example.com.
About Communities Transforming
Communities Transforming is an initiative that currently helps fuel 10 different programs in 7 rural Maine counties. Each program is designed and implemented on a community level and tackles health issues, including promoting healthier lifestyles, increasing healthful eating, and reducing chronic diseases. Communities Transforming is made possible with funding from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with MaineHealth and a variety of local organizations in Androscoggin, Franklin, Oxford, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, and Waldo Counties, many of which are MaineHealth member or affiliate hospitals.