Diabetes Prevention: Proven, Possible, and Powerful!

Nearly 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, a serious disease in which blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are above normal. Most people with diabetes have Type 2, which used to be called adult-onset diabetes. At one time, Type 2 Diabetes  was more common in people over age 45. But now more young people, even children, have the disease because many are overweight or obese.

Bringing it closer to home here in Madison County:

  • Adult obesity increased from 34 percent in 2012 to 36 percent in 2014.
  • Physical inactivity increased from 29-31 percent in the same time period.
  • Diabetes increased 12-13 percent from 2012 to 2014.
  • Jackson and Madison County are in the stroke, diabetes, and Heart attack “belts” as mortality rates for these disease states are high.

Diabetes can lead to problems such as heart disease, stroke, vision loss, kidney disease, and nerve damage. One out of four people do not know they have diabetes. Many people do not find out they have diabetes until they are faced with problems such as blurry vision or heart trouble. That’s why you need to know if you are at risk for diabetes.

Diabetes prevention is proven, possible, and powerful. Studies show that people at high risk for diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease by losing five to seven percent of their weight, if they are overweight—that’s 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person.

Two keys to success:

  • Get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity five days a week.
  • Eat a variety of foods that are low in fat and reduce the number of calories you eat per day.

Source: NDEP, National Diabetes Education Program, County Health Rankings

Free Diabetes Classes

Tuesday afternoon classes: 1-3pm for four weeks.
Tuesday evening classes:  5:30-8:30pm (First two Tuesdays of the month)

  • Week 1: “Intro to Diabetes and how it affects your body”-Daniel Carroll, RN Case Manager Lift Disease Management
  • Week 2:  “Diabetes and Nutrition”-Nicole Hancock, Registered Dietitian Lift Wellness Center
  • Week 3:  “Diabetes and Exercise and how to stay healthy”-Lift Certified Exercise Specialist and Daniel Carroll, RN
  • Week 4:  “Diabetes and your Medications”-Rusty Cabanaw, Pharm D BCACP and Christy Waggoner, Pharm D BCACP

Call Disease Management at (731)425-6956 to sign up for these free classes.

New: Diabetes Support Group starting in February

Join us the first Thursday evening of each month from 6pm-7pm.
Lift Wellness Center Education Suite
Call (731)425-6956 if you are interested in finding out more about this great opportunity.

Free Nutritional Support

A great benefit to LIFT Disease Management is the free nutritional support you will receive from our registered dietitian. You can attend free classes on congestive heart failure and diabetes. These classes are offered monthly to assist you in your nutritional needs.

Located at LIFT Wellness Center
101 Jackson Walk Plaza
Jackson, TN 38301
Phone: 731-425-6956
Fax: 731-425-6966

How to Enroll

1. Call LIFT Disease Management at 731-425-6956. We will work closely with your primary care provider or your cardiologist, and results/progress reports will be sent back to this provider.

2. If you and your physician decide this program is right for you, you will be assigned to a nurse case manager and begin the free LIFT Disease Management program.

Are you at risk? Take a 5-minute risk-assessment test now!

Health Aware

West Tennessee Healthcare (WTH) does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, Limited English Proficiency or sex, including discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, sex stereotyping or pregnancy in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by WTH directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which WTH arranges to carry out its programs and activities.

For further information about this policy, contact Amy Garner (731) 541-9914.