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These signs could mean you’re at risk for diabetes

Presented by: Youth Development Inc

Millions of Americans suffer from diabetes, but most of them don’t even know it. Here are some factors cited by a local non-profit so you can gauge whether you may have Type 2 diabetes.

Four-week program helps New Mexicans understand diabetes

Do you suffer from Type 2 diabetes?  If so, you’re not alone.  According to the American Diabetes Association’s 2012 study, 29.1 million Americans (9.3% of the population) suffer from type 2 diabetes.  Of that 29.1 million, 21 million were diagnosed and 8.1 million were undiagnosed – meaning they were unaware they had it.

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way that your body processes glucose (also known as blood sugar).

While type 2 diabetes is preventable and medically treatable, it can be brought on by a combination of several conditions, these include:

  • Genetics = and how it can affect your body’s ability to make insulin.
  • Obesity – Being overweight can cause your body to become insulin resistant. It is for this reason that type 2 diabetes is affecting more and more children suffering with childhood obesity issues.
  • Too much glucose from your liver – Your liver will naturally produce and distribute glucose when your bloods sugar is low. After you eat, your liver will slow down glucose production and store for later.  However, some people’s livers don’t slow down or stop.  They continue to produce glucose.
  • As well as other conditions at the cellular level.

Other risk factors that contribute to getting diabetes include:

  • Age (usually 45 or older)
  • Getting little or no exercise
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Getting too much or too little sleep

Fortunately, there are multiple programs available to help people identify, cope, and manage their diabetes issues.  Sí Yo Puedo is a four-week free self-management diabetes program for Spanish and English speaking adults suffering with Type 2 diabetes.  This program is designed to help educate, empower, and ensure that you have the right tools, skills, and knowledge to understand your diabetes.

Sessions included in the 4 week program include:

  1. Understanding diabetes
  2. Self-Monitoring
  3. Blood Glucose Relationships between carbohydrates intake and blood glucose levels
  4. Physical activities
  5. Food Measurements
  6. Diabetes Complications
  7. Medications

Classes are held from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-noon weekends.  For more information on the self-management program, contact Angel Garcia by phone at (505) 377-7630 or by email at agarcia1@ydinm.org.



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