Woman plans to launch diabetes support groups

A kickoff meeting for a support group for women living with Type 2 diabetes will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon (registration 10 to 10:30 a.m.) March 27 at St. Brigid Parish Hall, 4735 Cass St. in Pacific Beach.

Guest speakers will include C. Eros, M.D.; Andy Eros, exercise physiologist; and Elizabeth Podsiadlo, San Diego’s Opera Singing Chef.

Mary Hyde, who has been living with diabetes for the last 15 years, is the force behind “We Are Well: Women Empowered and Living Life.”

“After years of trying diets, gyms and books in search of a cure, I have discovered that the cure isn’t in a book or a gym or a diet,” she said. “The cure is in learning what we need to put ourselves first, not last, on the list.

“Women throughout San Diego can change the epidemic growth pattern of this disease through neighborhood support groups led by, with and for women with Type 2 or pre-diabetes. Women who are united can carry the message into our homes and to our extended families and friends.”

The mission of the group is to provide fun and enriching support groups throughout San Diego that are led by, with and for women with Type 2 or pre-diabetes, with an emphasis on the rewards and benefits of living healthful, active lifestyles.

According to the American Diabetes Association, Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and many more are unaware they are at high risk.

Some groups have a higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes than others. Type 2 diabetes is more common in African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Asian-Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population.

In Type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications.