Healthy Living for ME to offer National Diabetes Prevention Program

Healthy Living for ME will be offering the National Diabetes Prevention Program to Mainers in 2022. The workshop is for adults who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes or who have pre-diabetes. It is estimated that over 86,000 Mainers are aware they have prediabetes.

“I can say from personal experience that the National Diabetes Prevention Program is life-changing. When I was diagnosed with prediabetes, I took the course and what I learned not only helped prevent me from developing diabetes but also helped me live a healthier lifestyle overall,” said Gerard Queally, president and CEO of Spectrum Generations and a managing partner of Healthy Living for ME. “If you are pre-diabetic or at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, please reach out to us to learn more about this program and how it can help you.”

Healthy Living for ME will be offering the National Diabetes Prevention Program

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Breaking down diabetes, the silent killer


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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. The chronic disease 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.

Thirty-four million people in the United States – 10 percent of the population – have diabetes.

And by far, type 2 diabetes is the most prevalent. About 90% of people with diabetes have type 2 and it’s usually diagnosed in adults.

Other kinds of diabetes are type 1, which is likely caused by an autoimmune reaction and is usually diagnosed in kids, and gestational diabetes which develops in some pregnant

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Healthy Living for ME recognizes November as National Diabetes Month

Free workshops for prevention and management of diabetes available

During National Diabetes Month, Healthy Living for ME is encouraging Mainers to take advantage of the programs and resources they offer to help people prevent and manage the disease. Over 10 percent of Maine’s population has diabetes and another 8 percent of Maine’s adults are aware they are pre-diabetic. Nationally, over 30 million people have diabetes.

“National Diabetes Month is an opportunity to bring awareness to the prevalence of diabetes as well as to the opportunities available for preventing and managing the disease,” said Jennifer Fortin, training & fidelity manager of Healthy Living for ME. “Our workshops and other resources can help Mainers who have diabetes learn strategies for better management of the disease, as well as help those who are pre-diabetic make lifestyle changes and lower their risk for developing diabetes. We have heard from many participants — including  a

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Seemingly healthy levels of liver fat can trigger type 2 diabetes, UK study suggests

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New research presented at the Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), held online this year, found that the amount of fat stored in the liver is higher in people with type 2 diabetes (T2D), whatever their BMI.

It also suggested that levels of liver fat currently considered to be healthy can be metabolically harmful in people with a normal BMI, causing T2D.

The most common form of diabetes, T2D occurs when the pancreas can’t make enough insulin (a hormone which helps turn the sugar in food into energy) or the insulin it makes doesn’t work properly.

Previously, the landmark Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT), from Glasgow and Newcastle universities, showed that an intensive weight loss programme delivered by GPs can put T2D into remission in people who are overweight.

The DiRECT trial suggested that excess fat stored in the liver

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