The Lake County Health Department offers diabetes prevention and treatment programs at the
North Chicago Community Health Center and at the North Shore Health Center in Highland Park. These programs help people with diabetes learn how to take care of themselves and reduce their risk of developing complications. Program staff specializes in diabetes education and provides both group and one-on-one instruction. Services are available in both English and Spanish.
The Diabetes Prevention and Treatment Program (DPTP) at the Health Department's North Shore Health Center
For more information, please call 847.984.5341.
The Be Well Lake County Program is offered at the Health Department’s North Chicago Community Health Center and the Belvidere Medical Building in Waukegan. For more information, please call 847.984.5255.
Taking care of yourself is an important part of staying healthy when you have diabetes. LCHD can help you understand diabetes and how it affects your body. Education is available on topics such as:
- How diet, exercise and medication affect your blood sugar
- Healthy eating guidelines for people with diabetes
- How to take your medication for best results
- How to check your blood sugar
- What diabetes is and how it affects your body
- How to prevent diabetic complications
- Foot care
What is diabetes? Diabetes is a disease where the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that acts like a key to our body’s cells and helps take sugar (glucose) from the blood to the cells of our body to provide you with energy.
Why does the Health Department offer a special prevention and treatment program?
- Diabetes is a growing health concern across the nation.
- 23.6 million Americans have diabetes
- 57 million Americans have pre-diabetes
- 1.6 million American adults are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
Diabetes can lead to serious health problems, including heart and blood vessel disease, blindness, kidney disease, nerve damage, and gum disease. However, there are ways to prevent diabetes and in cases where it cannot be prevented, there are ways to reduce its impact on our health.
Prevention: Raise awareness and educate the community. Prevention means trying to reduce the number of individuals who are diagnosed with diabetes through community-based education and awareness activities. Current and planned activities include educational presentations, literature handouts, question and answer sessions, social media campaigns, and community-based health screenings.
Treatment: Reduce negative impacts of diabetes. Treatment means trying to reduce the incidence and complications of diabetes by providing ongoing, comprehensive, patient-centered care to individuals diagnosed with diabetes and pre-diabetes. Diabetes medical care is comprised of physician visits and on-site patient education courses where individuals can learn about their diagnosis and other health-related items including medication, nutrition, exercise, and health self-management.
Community partnerships: Our programs are one part of community-based intervention. Ask us about the agencies we work with.
Healthy eating tips for people with diabetes:
- Try to eat regular, balanced meals every four to five hours. Smaller amounts eaten more often are better for blood sugar.
- Eat carbohydrates in moderation. Carbohydrates raise blood sugar more than foods with protein or fat. Carbohydrates include milk, fruit, bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, corn and peas.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables every day.
- Eat more fiber from whole grains and dried beans.
- Eat less fat and less saturated fat. Choose lean meats, low-fat dairy products and low-fat snack foods.
- Use drinks that do not raise blood sugar such as water, diet pop, coffee and tea.
- Choose desserts occasionally. Look for dessert foods that are lower in carbohydrates and fat.