Diabetes Mellitus Management 
Community Education Class

Galveston County Health District is happy to offer its free type 2 diabetes community education classes to the public. 

  • M.I. Lewis Social Services
    215 FM 517 Road East, Dickinson
    10-11a.m.
    June 13, July 11, Aug. 15, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12
  • Wright Cuney Recreation Center
     718 41st Street, Galveston
    10-11a.m.
    July 6, Aug. 3

Hear from our public health nurses as they talk about diabetes, including:

  • Tips for managing and living with diabetes
  • Why monitoring your blood glucose levels is important
  • Laboratory monitoring
  • Feelings you may have after a recent diabetes diagnosis

 

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 10 Americans have diabetes and another 84 million adults are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational. According to CDC, approximately 90% of people with diabetes have type 2. With type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t use insulin well and is unable to regulate blood sugar levels. 

If you have any of the risk factors below, ask your doctor if you should be tested for diabetes.

  • Being overweight.
  • Being 45 years or older.
  • Having a parent, brother or sister with type 2 diabetes.
  • Being physically active less than three times a week.
  • Ever having gestational diabetes or giving birth to a baby who weighed more than nine pounds.

Race and ethnicity also matter: African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, Pacific Islanders and some Asian Americans are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes.

Uncontrolled, diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease and other health problems.