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Learn about diabetes and its care at Senior Center session

Much of the food we eat is turned into sugar in the blood for our bodies to use for energy. A hormone produced by the pancreas called insulin helps sugar in our blood get into the cells of our bodies. If your body doesn’t make enough insulin or if the insulin doesn’t work the way it should, blood sugar can’t get into your cells and instead stays in your blood, raising your blood sugar level. It’s important to keep your blood sugar controlled, because when too much sugar stays in your blood for a long time, it can damage blood vessels and nerves. Maintaining an ideal body weight and an active lifestyle may prevent type 2 diabetes.

Currently there is no way to prevent type 1 diabetes.

There is no effective screening test for type 1 diabetes in people who don't have symptoms.

Screening for type 2 diabetes in people with no symptoms is recommended for:

Overweight children who have other risk factors for diabetes starting at age 10 and repeating every 2 years


Overweight adults (BMI greater than 25) who have other risk factors

Adults over 45, repeated every 3 years

Regularly have the following tests:

Have your blood pressure checked every year (blood pressure goals should be 130/80 mm/Hg or lower).

Have your glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) checked every 6 months if your diabetes is well controlled, otherwise every 3 months.

Have your cholesterol and triglyceride levels checked yearly (aim for LDL levels below 100 mg/dL, less than 70 mg/dL in high-risk patients).

Stay up-to-date with all of your vaccinations and get a flu shot every year in the fall.

If you have questions about your blood sugar and would like more information come to our Diabetes 101 Signs, Symptoms and Prevention class at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 26. You are always welcome at the Senior Center. See you soon!


Upcoming Events


8:30 a.m., Silver Sneakers

9 a.m., Exercise with Evie

Noon, Cards: Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge

4 p.m., Tai Chi

4 p.m., Zumba Gold

4:30 p.m., SilverSneakers


5:30 p.m., Zumba

6 p.m., Kindergarten Cop


8:30 a.m., Wood Carvers

9:30 a.m., Tai Chi

12:30 p.m., Card: Pinochle, Cribbage, Duplicate Bridge

1 p.m., Stitching Bees

1 p.m., Open Chess

4 p.m., Wind Chime Class


8:30 a.m., SilverSneakers

9 a.m., Exercise with  Evie

10:30 a.m., Caregivers coffee

12:30 p.m., Cards: Pinochle

1 p.m., Bingo

1 p.m., Open Chess

4 p.m, Zumba

4:30 p.m., SilverSneakers

5:30 p.m., Zumba


9:30 a.m., Tai Chi

12:30 p.m., Cards: Bridge Tournament

Weekly Card Results

Monday Bridge results Oct. 3 with three tables playing

First — Lois Johnson

Second — Dave Solomonson

Second — Judy Bungum

Fourth —  John Allen

Fifth —  Steve Howard

Tuesday "500" results Oct. with four tables playing

First — Arnold Bergstrom

Second — Eddie Hall

Third —  Dorothy Stern

Fourth —  Wilbur Mittag

Tuesday Afternoon BRIDGE results Oct. 4 with five tables playing

First — Jim Fisher

First — Bud Higgins

Second — Marge Blaser

Second — Joyce Crowe

Third —  Dick Hansen

Third —  Larry Crowe

Fourth —  Vande Newman

Fourth —  Steve Howard

Friday Bridge results Oct. 7  with three tables playing

First — Beth Myers

Second — Dave Ring

Third —  Betty Jorgenson

Fourth —  Mary Johnson

Fifth —  Harriet Oldenberg


Mildred Ballantyne

Friday Cribbage results with three tables playing

First — John Allen

Second — Val Lo Valle

Third —  Loretta Nelson

Weekly "500" results Oct. 7 with four tables playing

First — Beulah Luthe

Second — Fran Bolsted

Third —  Arnold Bergstrom

Fourth —  Marion Zimmerman

Weekly Cribbage results Oct. 7 with one table playing

First — Loretta Prantner

Semcac Daily Meals


Italian Chicken


Beef Pot Roast


Meat Lasagna


Onion Smothered Steak

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