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Research Study Aims to Help Teach Active Management of Type 2 Diabetes

murray calloway hosp2MURRAY, Ky. (8/11/14) — Active Steps for Diabetes, a free eight-week research study beginning in September, is currently accepting participants with Type 2 Diabetes with the goal of teaching the skills needed to actively manage the disease.

The study is a joint collaboration of the Murray State University School of Nursing and Health Professions, the Murray-Calloway County Hospital Center for Health and Wellness and the Calloway County Health Department.

Participants will receive free lipid panel and A1C lab work at the beginning and end of the program, get hands-on training for blood sugar and blood pressure self-checks and participate in an exercise class tailored to the needs of a person with Type 2 Diabetes.

The research study will begin in September. After their initial assessments, participants will meet each Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4 p.m. at the MCCH Center for Health and Wellness.

Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States. A quarter of those with diabetes - 7 million - do not even know they have it. An additional 79 million, or one in three American adults, have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless more preventative steps are taken.

Among the primary risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes are being overweight, sedentary, over the age of 45 and having a family history of diabetes. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at an increased risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. Studies have shown that Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing just seven percent of body weight through regular physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week) and healthy eating. By understanding the risk, necessary steps can be taken to help prevent the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.

The program is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Dr. Jason Jaggers in the MSU School of Nursing and Health Professions at (270) 809-6285.

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