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Hospital Promotes Diabetes Alert Day March 27

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Plan to get involved with Diabetes Alert! Day, Tuesday, March 27 to help raise awareness of the importance of taking steps now to reduce the risk of developing this serious disease. A risk assessment will be online at [Asset Included(Id:1281378526820;Type:eHA_Module_C)], as well as at Tillamook Hospital in paper form. A Diabetes Alert! Day Walk will take place at noon that Tuesday, going from the hospital to the Tillamook Health Department and back. Participants are invited to wear the color red and join other walkers in showing their support for good health.

Diabetes strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States, and a quarter of them--7 million--do not even know they have it. According to the American Diabetes Association, an additional 79 million, or one in three American adults, have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Being aware of the risk factors for developing diabetes is a great place to start. People who are overweight, under active and over the age of 45 should consider themselves at risk for the disease. Family history of the disease is also a risk factor.

Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can often be prevented or delayed by losing just 7% of body weight through regular physical activity and healthy eating. By understanding their risk, individuals can take steps to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

For those who already have diabetes, Tillamook Hospital offers the following support and education programs designed to help them enjoy the best health possible. Visit our Classes & Events page.

  • “Diabetes and All That Jazz,” a free monthly support group that features a short presentation on a diabetes-related topic.
  • “Living Better With Diabetes,” a four-session class providing in-depth information about diabetes offered six times throughout the year in both North and central Tillamook County.
  • Presentations to the community about diabetes, its risks and ways to prevent it at no charge. To schedule a presentation for your group or to get involved with one of our programs, call Sue Phillips-Meyer, RD, LD, RN, Diabetes program coordinator, at (503)-815-2443.