The parish nurses hold blood pressure screenings on the second weekend of every month after certain Mass. Announcements will be made at the end of each mass to advise screening.
Parish Nurse’s Corner
Nearly 90% of people who have pre-diabetes don’t know it and aren’t aware of the risks to their health such as type 2 diabetes, heart attack, and stroke. The good news is that pre-diabetes often can be reversed through moderate weight loss, diet changes, and increased physical activity. There are certain factors that put some people at a higher risk such as:
- Being over weight or obese
- Not being physically active
- Having a parent or sibling who has type 2 diabetes
- Being over the age of 45
- If you are a woman, having a history of gestational diabetes
- Being a man
Any one of these risk factors increases the chance that you could have pre-diabetes and should be discussed with your doctor who will order a simple blood test.
A few tips to help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes include:
- Manage your weight
- Get active
- Eat healthier
- Quit smoking
Talk to your doctor about further testing and necessary life style changes.