Pre-diabetes and diabetes education programs to begin next week at Adirondack Medical Center
SARANAC LAKE – The diagnosis of diabetes is often preceded by pre-diabetes, when blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
In the United States, about 84 million people, or one in three adults, have pre-diabetes. Without intervention, a significant portion will go on to develop type 2 diabetes. However, progression to type 2 diabetes is not inevitable and can be interrupted with the help of diabetes prevention programs.
On Wednesday evenings from 5-6 p.m., beginning Sept. 12, Adirondack Health will offer a program focused on pre-diabetes lifestyle changes. Taught by lifestyle coaches Cassie Baillargeon RD and Jessica Hucke DTR, the program meets weekly for 16 weeks and then monthly for the following six months at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. To register or learn more, please contact Cassie Baillargeon RD at 518-897-2724.
For those individuals who have already been diagnosed with diabetes, Adirondack Health will once again offer its comprehensive Diabetes Self-Management Education Program, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 19. Taught by an interdisciplinary team including four physicians (Dr. Richard Erenstone, Dr. Michael Hill, Dr. David Johnson and Dr. Claude Roland), a pharmacist, a dietitian, several registered nurses, an exercise specialist and a patient advocate, program participants meet for six consecutive Wednesday evenings at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that requires many daily self-management decisions and complex care activities. Diabetes self-management education provides a foundation to help people with diabetes navigate these decisions and activities, including up-to-date information, disease management tools and clinical/peer support, to bolster positive health outcomes.
A physician referral is required for insurance and Medicare/Medicaid coverage and scholarships are available through the Adirondack Health Foundation. For more information or to register, please contact Sharon Sorgule RD CDE at 518-897-2611.