To increase diabetes awareness, diabetes educators at Winneshiek Medical Center offer two-session pre-diabetes classes throughout the year. The pre-diabetes classes are open to anyone interested in understanding and preventing or delaying the onset of diabetes. Diabetes educators discuss the definition of pre-diabetes, risk factors, prevention of type 2 diabetes and carbohydrate counting. The cost of the course is $25.
People with a high risk for type 2 diabetes are those who are overweight, sedentary, over the age of 45 and have a family history of diabetes. African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are also at an increased risk, as are women who have had babies weighing more than nine pounds at birth.
Contact the Diabetes Education Department at Winneshiek Medical Center to learn more by calling 563-382-2911.
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Living well with diabetes
Joyce Schutte was diagnosed with diabetes in 2007. For six years, she successfully managed her health by going to classes, taking her medications, eating smaller portions and choosing to be physically active. Everything changed in 2013 when her daughter, Eileen, found out she had cancer.