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American Diabetes Month

As the end of November draws near, the Angels of Mercy Medical Clinic would like to take this opportunity to promote American Diabetes Month.

Angels of Mercy Medical Clinic, a nonprofit clinic located in Norge, is Virginia's first safety-net clinic that exclusively serves the uninsured to achieve accreditation as a Diabetes Self-Management Education site. Families served at our clinic receive comprehensive healthcare services at no cost to the patient.

Our work is made possible through generous grant support from the Williamsburg Health Foundation, the Sentara Foundation, the Williamsburg Community Foundation, the James City Lions Club, and by donations from numerous churches, civic organizations, and individuals throughout our community.

The CDC estimates that approximately 29.1 million Americans suffer from Type 2 which is the seventh leading cause of death listed in the United States. Diabetes often leads to serious complications, such as blindness, kidney damage, cardiovascular disease, and lower-limb amputations.

An additional 86 million Americans have a condition called prediabetes which is a health risk in of itself. A person with this condition is twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke. A person with Type 2 Diabetes is four times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.

The good news is with lifestyle changes people with diabetes and prediabetes can lower their blood sugars to optimal levels, and dramatically reduce the risk of premature death as well as many of the complications associated with uncontrolled diabetes.

While roughly one third of individuals with prediabetes will progress to having Type 2 Diabetes within 7 to 10 years, the National Institute for Health's landmark Diabetes Prevention Program study showed that losing as little as 5 percent of a person's total body weight and walking 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week, halted the progression of diabetes in nearly 60 percent of study participants.

At the Angels of Mercy Medical Clinic we empower families without health insurance by teaching them how to take control of their diabetes and prediabetes. Once patients are identified with having either, they receive self-management education and support provided by a cadre of staff and volunteers which include a Medical Doctor, Diabetes Educators, Nurse Practitioners, a Fitness Coordinator, Nutrition Coach, volunteer nurses, and Pre-Med students from the College of William and Mary who volunteer as Health Coaches.

Together as a community we can improve the health of our residents by joining the American Diabetes Association by putting a "stop to diabetes". To learn more about what you can do for yourself or loved one with prediabetes or diabetes, logon to

Jeff Black
Executive Director
Angels of Mercy Medical Clinic

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