Diabetes Prevention Program
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 84 million American adults - or more than 1 in every 3 - have prediabetes. However, 90% of people with prediabetes are not aware that they have this. But don’t let the “pre” fool you. Prediabetes is a serious condition that places people at greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Those with prediabetes have a 30% likelihood of developing Type 2 diabetes within the next five years. Download this infographic from the CDC for more statistics like these.
There is good news though. Studies have proven that a program which focuses on improving diet while increasing physical activity and weight loss can decrease the chance of progressing to Type 2 diabetes by as much as 71%.
Owensboro Health currently has one of only a few of the diabetes prevention programs in the Kentucky that has received full recognition from the CDC. Our Prevent T2 program is offered at the Owensboro Health Healthpark by trained lifestyle coaches who will help support and encourage you.
Prevent T2 is a year-long series of classes geared toward teaching participants simple changes to lower their risk of developing diabetes while promoting healthy weight loss . The course covers topics such as finding healthy foods you enjoy, tracking your food intake, physical activity, eating well away from home, coping with triggers, staying motivated, stress management, and much more.
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.
Are you at risk of developing diabetes?
If you’re not sure what your risk is, take the prediabetes risk test below. If you score a 5 or higher, follow up with your primary care provider to see if additional testing is needed.
This would also be a great time to consider the Prevent T2 program offered by Owensboro Health.
For more information contact Amy Turley at amy.turley@owensborohealth or 270-688-4459 or Beth Cecil at email@example.com
Take the risk quiz at DoIHavePrediabetes.org