If you suspect you may have pre-diabetes symptoms, Providence St. Patrick Hospital is hosting two free pre-diabetes screening clinics, one is Wednesday, August 22 and the other is Thursday, August 31.

Practice Manager of the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition Center, Jennifer Troupe, said the hospital has a diabetes prevention program.

"The goal of the class is to have you lose at least seven percent of your body weight and exercise for about 150 minutes a week," Troupe said. "The program lasts about a year, and there are two sessions coming up that we call Session Zero. This is for people who just want to find out some information."

The first is August 23, and the second is August 31, both are from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Broadway Building Conference Building.

Who should attend these free sessions? Anyone who may suspect they might have pre-diabetes symptoms.

"You might have high blood pressure, hypertension, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, or a history of gestational diabetes, you might want to attend these free sessions," she said.

The Session Zero meetings are free to the public.

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