A new study released by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds a sharp increase in number of diabetes patients in the both Georgia and South Carolina. They are the two highest-risk states, more than 11 of every 1,000 residents in each state are now being diagnosed with the disease.
The South is home to many of the risk factors for diabetes – particularly obesity and physical inactivity. Other risk factors are older age, lower education, and being a member of a minority.
Ty Cobb Healthcare System is offering free diabetes education sessions at the Hart County Library in Hartwell.Ty Cobb’s diabetes education sessions are an ongoing series designed to help the growing number of diabetes sufferers, usually taking place on the third Thursday of each month, alternating between Hartwell and Royston in Georgia. Call (706) 245-1845 for more information.
Comprehensive diabetes management (a series of three classes)
Insulin pump training
Medical nutrition therapy
Gestational diabetes management
One-on-one instruction is available for those who cannot participate in group classes. For more information, call (864) 512-4145.
The classes help once a person is diagnosed with diabetes. But more important, to prevent diabetes development, the CDC suggests the following:
increased physical activity;
public health interventions;
creating or enhancing parks and walking trails;
better access to healthier foods, and;
encourage healthy lifestyles and maintenance of healthy weight.