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We take your diabetes seriously.

We offer comprehensive type 2 diabetes management education. We help you to take charge of your diabetes.

Our thorough, five-session program addresses areas such as foot care, glucose monitoring, cardiovascular disease, medications, nutrition and exercise.

See the poster with details for classes beginning October 24th 2013.

Type 1 or Type 2?

There are two type of diabetes: Type 1 occurs most often in children and young adults whose bodies do not produce any insulin; Type 2 occurs predominantly in adults over 40.

Among the millions of Americans who have diabetes, at least 90 percent have Type 2. The good news, however, is that people with diabetes take action to control the disease and lower the risk of complications. Also, prevention of Type 2 can be achieved by following a healthy lifestyle.

What are the warning signs?

Type 1 Diabetes: Type 2 Diabetes:
  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Any of the type 1 symptoms
  • Frequent infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling/numbness in the hands or feet
  • Recurring skin, gum or bladder infections

Often people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms.

Good News!

Many people have been able to prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes by taking action during the prediabetes stage (when blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but do not necessitate a diabetes diagnosis). Lifestyle changes which include modest physical activity (30 minutes per day) and a reasonable amount of weight loss (5-10 percent), can have a significant effect on your future health.

If you are overweight and over age 45, you should be checked for prediabetes (especially if you have other risk factors for diabetes, such as a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure, a history of gestational diabetes or giving birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds, low HDL cholesterol and high triglycerides, or belonging to an ethnic or minority group at high risk for diabetes). Make an appointment at your private healthcare provider.



Did you know?

About 300,000 to 400,000 Floridians have diabetes and do not know it, and there are 2.5 million obese Floridians at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Use this interactive tool to check your diabetes risk.

Helpful Diabetes Links:

American Association of Diabetes Educators

American Diabetes Association

Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

American Dietetic Association

CDC Diabetes & Public Health Resource

National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP)

Florida Agency for Health Care Administration

For information after business hours please call 941-624-7200.

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