To the editor:

Type 2 diabetes is on the rise, but there is a lot you can do for yourself to prevent or delay its onset.

I just completed a free class called "I Can Prevent Diabetes" sponsored by the University of Minnesota and taught by a U of M Extension educator. Taking this yearlong class was one of the best things I've ever done for myself! It's designed for people with pre-diabetes who are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

There is no dieting. We set goals for ourselves and we learned how to eat healthier meals with lots of vegetables and easy on carbs and sugars. Moderate exercise is important too.

Initially, I didn't need to lose a lot of weight, but I lost 7 percent of my starting weight and my blood glucose level has gone down to a normal range.

Since more than 1 in 3 American adults has pre-diabetes and 9 out of 10 people don't even know they have it, we need to start living healthier. Once a person gets diabetes, with all its associated health problems, it doesn't go away. Just a 5 percent to 7 percent weight loss can lower your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes. I recommend this class for everyone who is at risk for Type 2 diabetes, for adults and a growing number of teens and children.

The next class begins April 30 in Zumbrota. For more information contact SNAP-Ed Educator Kanko Akakpovi at 507-332-5948

Nancy Pettman

Red Wing