Many risk factors can contribute to your likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes: weight, inactivity, age, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, polycystic ovary syndrome, developing gestational diabetes, family history of diabetes and being a member of certain races (African-American, Hispanic, American indians and Asian Americans). For people with a elevated risk of developing diabetes, Schuylkill Health is offering a free patient education series, a part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program.
There are two opportunities to participate in the program. In Mahanoy City the series will be held on Mondays at 1 p.m. from March 14 to June 27. In Pottsville the series will be held on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. from March 16 to June 29. There will be 16 weekly sessions followed by six monthly sessions. Register to learn more about diabetes and lifestyle changes you can make to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by calling 570-621-5026.