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Florida Department of Health in Marion County

In Florida, it is estimated that more than 2.4 million people have diabetes and more than 5.8 million have prediabetes. Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death for all races and third leading cause of death for some Marion County residents according to state data. Nationwide, it is the seventh leading cause of death for both men and women (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

The number of people diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled in the last 20 years in the U.S. This surge has been driven by both an increased number of older Americans and a growth in sedentary lifestyles and obesity.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes — about 9 out of 10 people with diabetes have the Type 2 version. You may have also heard of it referred to as non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, or adult-onset diabetes.

In Type 2 diabetes, your body makes insulin, but the insulin can't do its job, so glucose doesn’t get into the cells. Your body generally produces less and less insulin over time with this form of diabetes, which may lead to a need to start using insulin or taking other medications to keep your diabetes in good control.

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The department offers diabetes self-management education classes to help residents control their diabetes. These classes help participants reduce their diabetes risk by making small changes, such as improving food choices, increasing physical activity, controlling blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and managing stress. Specific topics covered during the six-week class include: understanding diabetes, risk factors, eyes, teeth, toes and feet, physical activity, meal planning, preventing complications, and medications and medical care.

If you are interested in signing up for classes or are interested in gaining more knowledge on diabetes, please contact Demi Danso-Odei at 352-644-2618.