Cary Medical Promotes Program to Combat Type 2 Diabetes

Aroostook County has between 7,000 and 10,000 people with Diabetes, and more at risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Cary(Tom Dufton)
Published: Sep. 10, 2020 at 3:06 PM EDT
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CARIBOU, Maine (WAGM) - It’s more important than ever now to be healthy, with the COVID-19 pandemic still sweeping the nation

Those who have type 2 diabetes are at a higher risk of having serious illness or worse if they contract COVID-19.

According to the Director of Community Relations for Cary, Bill Flagg, Aroostook County has a higher rate of diabetes than the rest of the country.

“If you look at the population of Aroostook County we have a higher rate than the national average. We’re probably looking at 7 to 10,000 people in Aroostook County that have diabetes, and then probably an equal number who are at risk for type 2 diabetes, an equal number or more.”

Bill Flagg, Director of Community Relations at Cary Medical Center

That’s why Cary is promoting their program to combat the rise of type 2 diabetes, which is typically common in adults that are overweight and inactive.

Flagg says it’s a year long program where they teach you lifestyle changes that will help in preventing type 2 diabetes.

“The goal of the program is to lose weight, to reduce your blood sugar level, and to become physically active at least 150 minutes per week. So you learn a lot about how to adjust your lifestyle to make those changes that really aren’t that dramatic.”

Bill Flagg, Director of Community Relations at Cary Medical Center

Flagg says the 2nd year program is free to medicare patients, but for those without medicare it is inexpensive.

“And if you aren’t a medicare participant, the cost is very low. $5 a session.”

Bill Flagg, Director of Community Relations at Cary Medical Center

The next program starts on September 16th at the Aroostook Centre Mall. Sessions will start off on a weekly basis, then go bi-weekly, and then to monthly as you progress through the program.

To sign up for the program you can go to

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