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Lakewood Health System to host 'The Dilemma of Diabetes'

It is estimated that 35 percent of all children born after the year 2000 in the U.S. will have Type 2 Diabetes if trends regarding weight and physical activity continue. This national dilemma affects more than 80 million people nationwide. While 24 million Americans are currently diagnosed with diabetes, another 57 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing diabetes.

Surprisingly, nearly one-third of all women with diabetes don't even know they have it. An educational event, titled HealthBEAT For Her: The Dilemma of Diabetes, will take place at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16 in the Main Campus classrooms. Discussion will include preventative measures, warning signs and risks associated with family history, age and related diagnoses.

This event will be led by Laurie Bach, registered nurse, and Kelly Coughlin, licensed and registered dietician. Bach and Coughlin are part of the Diabetes Resource Center as certified diabetes educators. During the program, interactive learning sessions will include Thera-Band exercise instruction and a healthy holiday food sampling.

While there is no cure for diabetes, preventative measures and effective lifestyle management can greatly reduce the risk for developing diabetes.

To learn more about The Dilemma of Diabetes, contact Nola Varilek, women's health coordinator, at Lakewood Health System at (218) 894-8586. The public is welcome to attend.