November is Diabetes Awareness Month and November 14th is World Diabetes Day. This year, the National Institute of Health is focusing on reducing the incidence of Type 2 diabetes after having gestational diabetes. When a woman is diagnosed with gestational diabetes, usually at the end of her 2nd, beginning of her 3rd trimester of pregnancy, she and her baby are at an increased risk for developing type-2 diabetes.
At Henry Mayo, we provide world class labor and delivery services to our local families, while also helping our families prevent chronic conditions like diabetes. Our Community Education department offers a free Gestational Diabetes class to educate our moms-to-be on how to control pre-delivery blood sugars. Taught by a Certified Diabetes Educator, this class further educates on pre- and post-delivery lifestyle change to limit diabetes risks.
To further address diabetes prevention, we also offer a Diabetes Prevention Program, Prevent T2, which is a CDC created program proven to prevent or delay the on-set of type 2 diabetes. Currently on our 3rd session, our participants have lost weight, increased activity, and most importantly lowered their risks of developing diabetes. Taught by our staff of health educators, this year long program offers proven and practical steps you can take to prevent diabetes. Check out the link below to learn more about our DPP program and to see if you qualify. Let us help you prevent diabetes!
Our gestational diabetes class schedule can be found here. Don’t forget to register!