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ValleyCare Tackles Growing Diabetes Trend

Hospital news | Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Contact: Denise Bouillerce

PLEASANTON, CA -- Today, more than 18.8 million people in the United States have diabetes and another 7 million don’t know they have it. Those numbers continue to climb. Diabetes is the leading cause of stroke and heart disease, kidney failure, lower limb amputations and new cases of blindness among adults in the U.S.

Nearly 90-95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes in adults are Type II. Most people will develop prediabetes before the onset of Type II diabetes. Prediabetes is when blood sugars are above normal and is considered borderline diabetes. The rise of obesity in America has had a significant impact on the increased number of people with prediabetes and Type II diabetes.

The good news is that Type II diabetes and prediabetes can be prevented. ValleyCare is dedicated to spreading the word with a free education seminar on November 8, 6:30 pm at the ValleyCare Medical Plaza, 5725 W. Las Positas, Conf. Room 2, in Pleasanton. Endocrinologist Mark Christiansen, MD will discuss diabetes risks, which include family history, high cholesterol and blood pressure; and more importantly how to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. At this seminar, free blood glucose and A1 screenings will be available and diabetes product exhibits and a vendor fair will be held from 6:30-7pm.

As a follow-up to the seminar, a free and fun filled morning is planned for Saturday, November 10 at LifeStyleRx, ValleyCare’s Wellness Center, 1119 E. Stanley Blvd. in Livermore. From 9am to noon come learn how to move, cycle, flash mob, zumba and exercise diabetes away. Breathing for stress control and a cooking class, along with the fun exercise classes will provide participants with the proper tools to prevent or control diabetes.

For more information or to register for the diabetes seminar, please call the ValleyCare Diabetes Center at 925-416-6710 or visit