The Harnett County Department of Public Health and Angier Lions Club are collaborating to offer the “Live Well, Be Well: Diabetes Prevention and Control” program on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This free program will be held at the Governmental Complex Commons Area located at 309 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd. in Lillington.
The program will include an informative session on diabetes, who is at risk, and tips for prevention and control. Dinner will be provided.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how your body turns food into energy. If you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use the insulin it makes as well as it should. When there isn’t enough insulin or cells stop responding to insulin, too much blood sugar stays in your bloodstream. Over time, that can cause serious health problems, such as heart disease, vision loss and kidney disease.
More than 30 million Americans have diabetes. Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes. Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes increases your risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
There currently isn’t a cure for diabetes, but losing weight, eating healthy food and being active can help. Taking medicine as needed, getting diabetes self-management education and support, and keeping health care appointments can also reduce the impact of diabetes on your life.
For more information or to register for the Live Well, Be Well: Diabetes and Prevention and Control program on Nov. 5, call the Harnett County Health Department at 910-814-6298.