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Free lifestyle change course offered by Carroll County Health Department for those with prediabetes

At-risk Carroll County residents have the chance to learn how to lose weight, be more active, and manage stress to help prevent Type 2 diabetes — for free, according to a news release from the Carroll County Health Department.

The health department is offering an evidence-based lifestyle change course for those with prediabetes. People with prediabetes have higher than normal blood glucose (sugar) levels and are 5-15 times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than people with normal blood glucose levels, according to the release.

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“One out of three adults in the United States have prediabetes, but most don’t know it,” said Rachel Turner, health educator at the Carroll County Health Department. “In this virtual program, people with prediabetes will learn how to eat healthy, lose weight, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes.”

This Diabetes Prevention Program is a 12-month program that is delivered virtually via mobile phone or computer. This program begins the week of May 31, 2021.

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You may have prediabetes and be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes if you are overweight, are 45 years or older, have a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes, are physically active less than 3 times a week, have ever had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or given birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds or have polycystic ovary syndrome.

For more information, Turner at 410-876-4885 or visit cchd.maryland.gov/national-diabetes-prevention-program-in-carroll-county.

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