November marks Diabetes Awareness Month.

Diabetes is a disease that more Americans are on the track to getting, with pre-diabetes affecting one out of four people in the nation.  In Maryland, Somerset County ranks number one with the highest rate of diabetes at average of 23%, which is double the state’s average.

The good news is that Chesapeake Health Care is taking steps to help bring those numbers down.

Chesapeake Health Care in Princess Anne is hoping to make an impact by monitoring your cholesterol, blood pressure, and your average blood sugar. We have a partnership with local health departments to encourage those at risk to participate in a diabetes prevention program.

The prevention program sponsored by Somerset County’s Health Department is for anyone who is pre-diabetic.

Some common risks factors are: being over 45 years old, having some family history, or simply not being active.

The health department’s newest campaign called “Know Your Numbers,” was created last year to raise awareness. And it’s been quite successful. Chesapeake Health Care has been seeing more patients reach out seeking help.

This year-long program is designed for individuals needing a healthier life style. The goal is to have the patient lose 5-7% of body weight. One tip to help you out — losing a bit of weight can help lower your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol.

If you want to reach out about the free diabetes program in Somerset County, you can call Chesapeake Health Care at 410-957-1852.

Click here for more information on the free diabetes prevention program.

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