The rate of diabetes among adults in Mahaska County, Iowa is 7.4%. That may not seem like a very high number, but for those living with diabetes, their families and caregivers, its impact is heavily felt. More worrisome is the percentage of people at risk for Type 2 diabetes in Mahaska County: 27.7% of adults here are obese. Obesity is one of the top predictors of Type 2 diabetes, but fortunately, the disease is 100% preventable.
At Mahaska Health Partnership, we devote significant resources to helping families prevent and control diabetes by providing education and support. Our dedicated Certified Diabetes Educator, Sharon Ferguson, RN, conducts inpatient and outpatient counseling, teaches classes, and leads support groups to assist those living with diabetes.
- The Diabetes Prevention Program is an educational class for anyone at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
- The Diabetes WISE (Wellness In Self-Management) program is designed to help people living with diabetes improve their health and wellness.
- The Diabetes Support Group is for anyone suffering from diabetes, their loved ones, friends, and caregivers. The group meets on the second Wednesday of every month at the Cedar Bluff Learning Center (entrance #3) to share information, stories, and support.
You don’t have to face diabetes alone. Mahaska Health Partnership is here to help.
For more information, please see our Diabetes Education Available Services page.