Pella Chronicle

November 6, 2013

Pre-diabetes -- take charge


The Pella Chronicle

---- — Pre–diabetes is a condition that comes before diabetes. It means that blood sugar levels are higher than normal but aren’t high enough to be called diabetes. A person with pre-diabetes is more likely to develop diabetes if lifestyle changes are not initiated.

Health care professionals at Pella Regional Health Center are able to help people take steps toward better health and controlling pre-diabetes risk factors. Risk factors include:

-Age over 45 years

-Race or ethnic background (African American, Hispanic and/or Latino, American Indian, Asian American or Pacific Islander)

-Family history of diabetes (parent, brother or sister)

-Being very overweight compared to your height (body mass index)

-Low physical activity

-High blood pressure (140/90 or higher)

-History of diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

-Fasting blood glucose: 100–125

-Any random glucose: 140–199

“Studies have shown that changes in food habits, exercise or weight can all keep blood sugar readings at healthy levels,” said Kathleen Owens, MS, RD, LD, diabetes dietitian at Pella Regional Health Center.

Pre-diabetes classes are offered through Pella Regional on a monthly basis at our medical clinics in Pella, Knoxville and Ottumwa. The classes are $20, are 90 minutes long and cover:

-Overview of pre–diabetes

-Risk assessment/management

-Healthful eating at home or dining out

-Physical activity

-Behavior awareness

-Stress management

-Goal setting