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November is American Diabetes Month, and King’s Daughters is taking steps to help our community learn more about diabetes prevention and management. 

Representatives from King’s Daughters Center for Healthy Living will conduct free blood glucose screenings and provide diabetes education from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25 at Ashland Town Center mall. Appointments are not required for the screenings and education at Ashland Town Center on Nov. 25. 

In addition, individuals with prediabetes will have the opportunity to sign up for the National Diabetes Prevention Program sessions King’s Daughters will provide in early 2014. “One out of three adults has prediabetes and doesn’t know it,” said Kim Bayes, RN, diabetes educator for King’s Daughters. “The NDPP program is designed to help people at risk of developing diabetes make the lifestyle changes research has shown to be effective in prevention of the disease.” 

A physician’s referral is not required to sign up for the National Diabetes Prevention Program sessions but is encouraged. Participants in the 16 weekly NDPP sessions must meet one or more of the following criteria for eligibility: 

  • Be overweight
  • Have a family history of diabetes
  • Been told by a healthcare professional that they have prediabetes, borderline diabetes or high blood sugar
  • Had gestational diabetes while pregnant 

For more information about the screenings or the National Diabetes Prevention Program, contact Bayes by phone at (606) 408-1560 or by email to kim.bayes@kdmc.kdhs.us.

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