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Pre-Diabetes Seminar Slated for September 28th

The Diabetes Education Program at Stephens Memorial Hospital will present An Ounce of Prevention: Small Steps that You and Your Family Can Take to Reduce the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes on Thursday, September 28, 2006 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Harper Conference Center in the Ripley Medical Building.  Betty Sirois, RN, CDE, Diabetes Nurse Educator, and Pat Watson, RD, CDE, Registered Dietician will be speakers for the presentation.  The seminar is free and open to the public, no pre-registration is required.

According to the Maine Bureau of Health, in 2004 as many as one out of every 10 adults in Maine have diabetes and an equal number are estimated to have pre-diabetes.  Prior to developing type 2 diabetes, a person's blood-sugar levels may be higher than usual, but not yet at a level that would be considered diabetes.  At this stage the condition is known as pre-diabetes.  Studies have shown that a person may prevent or delay the onset of type 2 Diabetes by making some lifestyle changes at this time.

Staffed by two Certified Diabetes Educators, the Diabetes Education Program at Stephens Memorial Hospital offers valuable insight into the prevention and self-management of this chronic disease.  Classes are held on a regular basis in either a one-day or multi-class format.  The program is a certified Ambulatory Diabetes Education and Follow-Up Program site through
the Maine Diabetes Prevention and Control Program and also holds prestigious Education Program Recognition status through the American Diabetes Association.   MaineCare, Medicare and most private insurances generally cover the cost of the program. Please speak with your physician for a referral. If you have any questions or would like more information, please visit www.wmhcc.org or call (207) 743-5933 and speak with Betty, ext. 773, or Pat, ext. 420.

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