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LRGHealthcare launching workshops for diabetics and 'prediabetics'

LACONIA – With the start of another year, many are focusing on what can be done to improve health. Whether you have diabetes or have been told that you may have "prediabetes" or borderline diabetes, LRGHealthcare has options to help manage these conditions.

Many people are at risk for or have prediabetes and don't even know it. Prediabetes means blood sugar is higher than normal, but not yet considered diabetic. Diabetes is a serious disease that can cause heart attack, stroke, and numerous other complications. Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented in people with prediabetes through effective lifestyle change. How do you know if you are at risk for or have prediabetes? Visit www.doihaveprediabetes.org and take a short quiz to determine your risk. Talking with your health care team is also a great way to find out if you are at risk or have prediabetes.

LRGHealthcare is starting a new program called "Prevent T2 Diabetes" in early 2017. For those at risk or who have prediabetes, this lifestyle change program provides education and support to help on a journey to better health. The program was designed by the Centers for Disease Control and aims to help participants increase physical activity and healthy eating strategies to achieve a five to seven percent weight loss over the course of a year. The program meets for 16 weekly sessions and then transitions to a monthly meeting for the remainder of the 12 months. A trained lifestyle coach guides participants through the program. This program will be offered in both Laconia and Franklin. Free info sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 3 to 4 p.m. at Franklin Regional Hospital and on Thursday, Jan. 26 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Lakes Region General Hospital. Call 527-7120 to sign up or find out more information.

Perhaps you already have been diagnosed with diabetes. You are not alone. According to the American Diabetes Association, "In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3 percent of the population, had diabetes." LRGHealthcare is pleased to bring a new workshop to its offerings called "Living Well with Diabetes." This six-week group program was designed by Stanford University and aims to bring tools to those who attend to help them better manage diabetes and live a healthy life. Topics include blood sugar monitoring, medication use, healthy eating, physical activity, reducing stress, goal setting and more. Those with diabetes and their support members are welcome to attend this free workshop. The next session is starting on Thursday, Jan. 12 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Bessie Rowell Community Center in Franklin. For more information or to register, call 603-527-7120.