PCMH offering free diabetes classes

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After studying pre-diabetes and how it affects the body, Nurse Practitioner Jessica Colunga wants to share her knowledge with the community through a series of free classes.

“In our community diabetes is very high,” said Colunga. Who is with Pecos County Memorial Hospital.

The free classes are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the classroom next to PCMH's Auxiliary Gift Shop.

The classes cover diabetes through its development and treatment, and includes information on how to control it, what to do if sick, and how to tailor eating habits to benefit diagnosis.

The class is an open discussion where participants are free to ask any questions.

“All they have to do is show up,” said Colunga.

While Colunga was finishing her doctorate, she spent two years focusing on diabetes and what lifestyle changes or learning techniques could be used to better each patient.

Colunga has been working at the hospital for nine years and the class is being offered for the first time this year.

Some risk factors that can contribute to Type 2 diabetes is family history, obesity, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

She encourages people to get checked, maintain a healthy lifestyle and a well balanced diet.

The recommendation is 150 minutes of exercise per week, or 30 minutes per day for five days each week.

The next class is Sept. 18 at 6 p.m.

For questions call (432) 336-5013.

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