The Poarch Creek Indian Community
Community Diabetes Support Group
“We seriously need the Diabetes Prevention Program in our community. The longer it is here the more people it will help to prevent diabetes.”
- Charlotte McConnell
Through the Diabetes Prevention Program I found out I had pre-diabetes. I had also been told I had high cholesterol and blood pressure and they wanted to put me on pills but I didn’t want to take their pills. I wanted to lower my blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol with food and exercise. The Diabetes Prevention Program was there to help me get my blood sugar back to normal and improve my health without having to take pills, so I joined the program and started going to classes. The classes have really helped keep me on track. I’ve learned ways to eat less fat, and how to cook and prepare my meals in a more healthy way. I really like the positive changes that are now evident in my overall health. When I completed the program I stopped going to classes and found my cholesterol and blood pressure were starting to go up again. So, I came back to the program and I’m doing better now and my blood sugar is back in the normal range.
It is so important to have the Diabetes Prevention Program available to us because we are seeing more people with diabetes in our community. The diabetes staff are very helpful and they bring in professionals to explain things (sometimes scary things) about our health and diabetes. We also have the support of all the other participants working to prevent diabetes and be healthier. The stories everyone shares give us the courage we need to keep on doing the right things to be healthy and prevent diabetes.
Diabetes Program Participants
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Diabetes Care Providers
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