Diabetes

What​ is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both.

Diabetes can lead to serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes, working together with their support network and their health care providers, can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications.

​How do I live healthy with Diabetes?

Diet, insulin, and oral medication to lower blood glucose levels are the foundation of diabetes treatment and management. Patient education and self-care practices are also important to help people with diabetes lead normal lives.

Self-management education is a key step in improving health outcomes and quality of life as it focuses on self-care behaviors, such as healthy eating, being active, and monitoring blood sugar. It helps people with or at-risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and problem-solving and coping skills needed to successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions.

How can I learn more about Diabetes?

Free Diabetes Classes

If you wish to register for free diabetes classes, please complete the Online Registration Form. Seating is limited and registration is required.

Registrants should be age 18 years and over and diagnosed with diabetes, or family members or care givers to those diagnosed with diabetes may register to attend.

Once you complete the registration form​, you will receive a follow-up phone call and/or e-mail to confirm your registration.

  
  
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Prince George's County Health Department

Chronic Disease - On the Road Outreach Program
1701 McCormick Drive, Suite 120
Largo, Maryland 20774

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday, except County Holidays

Office: 301-883-3545
Fax: 301-883-3282
TTY/STS Dial 711 for Maryland Relay

**Please see the online registration form or On the Road Outreach Program flyer​ for class locations.

Related Links

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National diabetes fact sheet: national estimates and general information on diabetes and pre-diabetes in the United States, 2011. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011.​​​​​​Free Diab Cl_Flyr.pdf​​