Friday, October 31st at 10 a.m.
Diabetes affects an estimated 25.8 million people in the U.S. and Oklahoma currently ranks fourth in the nation for diabetes prevalence. Still, there are ways to help prevent or better manage diabetes and they do not require big changes on your part.
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder characterized by a failure to secrete enough insulin or to secrete enough insulin to compensate for the degree of insulin resistance. Because insulin is needed by the body to convert glucose into energy, these failures result in abnormally high levels of glucose accumulating in the blood.
There are a number of factors that put you at risk for diabetes, including a family history, overweight or obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.
The good news is that the risk for developing diabetes drops by 58 percent if a person can reduce his or her body weight by just seven to 10 percent. That means a weight loss of as little as 18 pounds for someone who weighs 250 pounds.
That’s where Small Steps, Big Changes come is. The program offered at The Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma empowers participants to live healthier by making small, easy-to-do changes in both diet and exercise. The program helps participants learn how to live life fully while making better choices for their health.
To learn more about diabetes and the Small Steps, Big Changes program, join us this Friday for OU Medicine’s live chat with Molly Fernando, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist with the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center or visit the links provided on this page.
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