New Diabetes Fitness and Education Classes to Help People Manage Complex Disease

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Lanham, Maryland – The Joslin Diabetes Education Center at Doctors Community Hospital now offers diabetes fitness and education classes.  Covered by most insurance plans, these weekly classes include a one-hour diabetes self-management education session and one-hour physical exercise session.  This combination has been shown to lower blood glucose levels and contribute to healthier outcomes for people living with diabetes.

These diabetes and fitness education classes are held every Tuesday morning at the Joslin Diabetes Center Education Affiliate at Doctors Community Hospital.  Classes are taught by an experienced certified diabetes educator, a registered dietitian and certified fitness trainers. Participants will learn about:

  • Role of physical activity in controlling glucose levels
  • How different activities affect blood glucose
  • Exercise safety precautions for people who have diabetes

Diabetes continues to be a major healthcare concern throughout the area.  Statistics indicate that African Americans and Latinos are disproportionately affected by diabetes at 12.7 percent and 12.1 percent respectively.  In its 2017 Community Health Needs Assessment, the Prince George’s County Health Department estimated that 9.2 percent of county residents had diabetes.  Additionally, diabetes was reported as the fourth leading cause of death in Prince George’s County. If not managed, this complex condition can lead to an increased risk for blindness, kidney failure, non-traumatic amputations, cardiovascular disease and stroke and even death.

Exercise has been shown as an effective tool to combat diabetes.  According to American Diabetes Association guidelines, diabetes self-management training can help improve glucose levels.  In fact, it reported that physical activity can lower blood glucose levels up to 24 hours or more after workout.  Other benefits of physical activity and exercise include:

  • Increased insulin sensitivity
  • Reduced cardiovascular risk
  • Improved muscle strength
  • Reduced A1C levels
  • Increased weight loss
  • Improved well-being

For more information or to register to, call the Joslin Diabetes Education Center at Doctors Community Hospital at 301-552-8661.

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Doctors Community Health System is a network of medical and surgical services provided throughout Prince George’s County and in Anne Arundel County.  At the heart of this network is its flagship – Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, Maryland.  To complement the hospital’s high-quality and comprehensive services, the system has more than a dozen centers of care in Bowie, Camp Springs, Crofton, District Heights, Hyattsville, Lanham, Largo, Laurel, Riverdale and Temple Hills.  Also, the hospital has been rated as a high-performing facility for heart failure by U.S. News & World Report in 2017-2018 and designated as a primary stroke center by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.  The system has experienced physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals who specialize in:

Ambulatory Surgery
Bariatric and Weight Loss Program
Breast Health
Digestive Disease Care
Emergency Services
Endocrinology and Diabetes Care
Imaging Services
Infusion Care
Orthopedic Services
Primary Care
Radiation Oncology
Rehabilitation Program
Sleep Care
Surgical Services
Wellness Center
Wound Care
 
For more information, visit DCHweb.org or call 301-DCH-4YOU (301-324-4968).