Diabetes Prevention

At North Kansas City Hospital, our first goal is preventing diabetes. Our Living With Diabetes education program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for more than 12 years and has helped many in our community understand and avoid diabetes. We’re here to help you know your risks and make lifestyle changes to reduce or eliminate them.

Diabetes Risk Factors

You may be at risk for diabetes if you:

  • Are overweight (adults and children)
  • Are over age 45
  • Do not exercise
  • Are Hispanic American, African American, Asian American or Native American
  • Smoke, have a poor diet and exercise less than three times a week
  • Have high blood pressure and abnormal blood cholesterol levels
  • Have a family history of diabetes
  • Have had gestational diabetes or have had a baby weighing over 9 pounds at birth

Helping You Prevent Diabetes

Recent studies show that people with prediabetes can prevent type 2 diabetes by changing their diet and increasing their physical activity, which can help return their blood sugar levels to normal. While medication can sometimes delay the development of diabetes, diet and exercise often work equally well if not better.

To help you prevent diabetes, we offer the encouragement you need to make key lifestyle changes. Our diabetes education programs will help you:

  • Partner with your doctor, pinpointing possible symptoms and reviewing your personal and family medical history
  • Stop smoking
  • Eat a preventative diet of healthy, portion controlled meals
  • Reduce alcohol intake (no more than one drink per day)
  • Exercise 30 minutes most days of the week
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight for you

Diabetes Classes

Living With Diabetes – This two-day program offers educational sessions led by certified diabetes educators on topics including blood glucose monitoring, medication, diet and nutritional planning, physical activity, coping strategies, and more. Group sessions are available during day and evening hours and on Saturdays. Program fees are covered by Medicare and most insurance plans. Registration and a physician referral are required.

Preventing Diabetes – [insert brief description of class]. Registration is required. Cost is $25.

Check our online calendar (Special Interest category) for information about diabetes support groups, classes and events or call Outpatient Scheduling at 816-691-5267.

Learn more about all aspects of diabetes at our online Health Encyclopedia.

Contact Us

For more information on diabetes care at North Kansas City Hospital, call 816-691-1666.