Manage Pre-Diabetes through these Courses - VA San Diego Healthcare System
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Manage Pre-Diabetes through these Courses

Head shot photo of male veteran Donald Underwood

U.S. Air Force Veteran Donald Underwood

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Air Force Veteran Donald Underwood has pre-diabetes but has learned to manage his condition through one of two courses offered through VA San Diego Healthcare System. 

Underwood is part of the Intensive Diabetes Prevention Program that educates Veterans on various topics to help avoid the onset of type 2 diabetes. Some of the topics include eating healthy without giving up favorite foods, making the best choices when dining out, learning how to prepare meals that nourish, physical activity tips, dealing with stress, overcoming barriers, coping with challenges, and much more.

“It helped me to live a better quality of life through re-evaluating my choices, from how many steps I take to what I consume,” said Underwood.

Veterans are allowed to self-refer to the Diabetes Prevention courses if they are pre-diabetic. More details on the courses, including descriptions and times, can be found below.

Diabetes Prevention

Diabetes Prevention, one time class:
Offers information about diet and exercise – key elements that are proven to prevent progression to diabetes.
Medical Center La Jolla, Patient Classroom on 1 East, Room #1493
3rd Monday of the month, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mission Valley Outpatient Clinic
1st Friday of the month, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Oceanside Outpatient Clinic
1st Monday of the month offered, every quarter or four times per year, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Diabetes Prevention Program, intensive 6-month education program:
A six-month education program with 14 sessions, designed to build new habits for activity and weight loss – all while lowering the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and improving health.
Medical Center La Jolla, Patient Classroom on 1 East, Room #1493
Wednesdays, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (dates are variable)

Ask your primary care provider to enroll you in the program by sending a consult to “Diabetes Education” or call a Diabetes Educator to find out more information (858) 552-8585, x7245 & x7338 or Toll-Free: 1-800-331-8387 (VETS) – x7245 & x7338


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