Diabetes is a disease that happens when your blood glucose (blood sugar) is too high. Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause health problems like heart disease, nerve damage, eye problems, and kidney disease. There are local programs ready to help you prevent diabetes if you are at risk, and also to help you learn to manage diabetes to live well and to avoid complications.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a nationally recognized evidence-based program to help prevent diabetes. Participants join a support group with a trained lifestyle coach for peer support. This 12-month program focuses on healthy eating, moderate weight loss and other behavior changes that improve health. For details, call 216-509-3480 or send an email to healthyliving@clevelandY.org.
Already have diabetes? Manage it well with help from local experts:
Fairhill Partners offer local diabetes self-management and chronic disease self-management classes to residents 55 and older at low to no cost. Many programs through Fairhill support residents with diabetes and other chronic diseases. For information on upcoming classes in Lorain County, call 216-421-1350.
Evi-Base is a local organization that offers health self-management programming to patients, members of healthcare organizations and employees. They offer short programs around Northeast Ohio that focus on diabetes management and other chronic diseases. For information on classes in Lorain County: call 216-512-0222 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Diabetes Association
If you have questions about diabetes, are newly diagnosed, or are looking for more information about this disease, contact the American Diabetes Association. Chat online with a representative or call their hotline at 1-800-342-2383. Free magazines and other resources are also available-- ask about them.