Snow Hill Health Center
| Phone: 410-632-0056
|Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
A combination of free education, support and prevention services taught by staff from Atlantic General Hospital and Worcester County Health Department including a Certified Diabetes Educator/Registered Nurse, Registered Dietitian, and an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Specialist.
For Information on Current Lifestyle Balance Classes Call- 410-632-0056
To learn more about local diabetes resources on the shore and tri-county area, visit www.tridiabetes.org
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or respond to insulin properly.Diabetes results in high blood sugar if uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to complications that can include heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, and amputation. There are many forms of diabetes. The 2 main types of diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes the body loses its ability to produce insulin
Type 2 diabetes is a combination where the body builds up a resistance to the action of insulin and not producing enough insulin
Pregnant women can also develop a form of diabetes known as Gestational Diabetes, which can increase the chances of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.
Practice good self management
Follow your physicians recommendations
Follow an appropriate eating plan
Regular physical activity
Take prescribed medications
Monitoring blood sugar levels closely
Diabetes Facts You Should Know
Prevalence: In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population had diabetes.
Undiagnosed: Of the 29.1 million, 21.0 million were diagnosed, and 8.1 million were undiagnosed.
Prevalence in Seniors: The percentage of Americans age 65 and older remains high, at 25.9%, or 11.8 million seniors (diagnosed and undiagnosed).
New Cases: 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
Deaths: Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2010, with 69,071 death certificates listing diabetes as an underlying contributing cause of death.
Symptoms of diabetes
The following symptoms of diabetes are typical. However, some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed.
Common symptoms of diabetes:
Feeling very thirsty
Feeling very hungry - even though you are eating
Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
Weight loss - even though you are eating more (type 1)
Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)
Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the complications of diabetes.
Learn about how your doctor can make a diabetes diagnosis or take our Risk Test to find out if you are at increased risk for having type 2 diabetes.
For more information visit www.diabetes.org
Diabetes Prevention Program (Lifestyle Balance)
Free, 16-week, nutrition and physical activity behavior change program designed to help break the family cycle of diabetes. Program meets 3 days per week and is team taught by an exercise specialist and registered dietitian and can be provided at community and faith-based sites in Worcester County. Free incentives, education, and lifestyle balance coach.
These services are provided by the Prevention Program.