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Diabetes Prevention Program

79 million Americans have prediabetes, causing a greater risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Approximately 1 in 5 adults will have type 2 diabetes by 2025, if nothing changes. People with diabetes incur on average 2.3 times the medical expenses of comparable people without diabetes.

Our Lifestyle coaches can help you make lasting lifestyle changes, like eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and improving your coping skills.

Start by attending one of the following FREE information sessions in 2017.

  • April 4th @ 7:30 AM, 1:00 PM & 5:30 PM at Cafe B & C
  • April 11th @ 7:30 AM, 1:00 PM and 5:30 PM at Cafe A

For more information and to make a reservation to attend one of our FREE sessions, call 270-685-7100 or email amy.turley@owensborohealth.org

Are You At Risk Of Developing Diabetes?

Most people who are close to having diabetes — a condition called prediabetes — aren’t aware of it. If you’re not sure what your risk is, check out the list below and contact your doctor if most of the items describe you:

  • You’re 45 years old or older.
  • You’re overweight.
  • You have a family history of Type 2 diabetes.
  • You’re physically active fewer than three times per week.
  • You’ve had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or given birth to a baby weighing nine or more pounds.

Take The Diabetes Prevention Program Class To Lower Your Risk

You can cut your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes in half by losing 5% to 7% of your body weight. And you don’t have to do it alone. The National Diabetes Prevention Program offers classes with a trained lifestyle instructor to help and encourage you.

For people over 60 years of age, the program reduced risk by 71%. Even after 10 years, those who had participated in the lifestyle change program had a 34 percent lower rate of type 2 diabetes.

During the class, you’ll learn simple changes for lowering your risk, such as:

  • Reducing stress
  • Improving food choices
  • Increasing physical activity
  • Using coping skills to maintain weight loss.

Classes meet once a week for an hour. After 16 sessions, you’ll have at least six monthly follow–up sessions to help you stay motivated and maintain your healthy lifestyle. The class is provided on-site at schools of choice with 12-16 participants in each class.

For more information contact Amy Turley at amy.turley@owensborohealth or 270-688-4459 or Beth Cecil at beth.cecil@owensborohealth.org

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Diabetes Assessment

Over 29.1 million Americans have diabetes and 1 out of 4 does not know that they have it. This Diabetes Assessment serves several purposes. If you don't have diabetes, the assessment will help you understand your risk for getting diabetes in the future. If you aren't sure whether or not you have diabetes now, it will help you better understand the likelihood, including symptoms and how you can be screened for diabetes.

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