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New Diabetes Prevention Program

Program designed to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in high-risk patients

One out of every three adults in the U.S. have prediabetes, and up to a third of them will develop diabetes within five years– according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Having prediabetes means that your blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetic. Prediabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes.

"The good news is that prediabetes can often be reversed,” explains Marilyn Hassinger, Director of the Food and Nutrition Department at Memorial Hospital. “Area residents who have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by registering for the PreventT2 Lifestyle Change Program.” This class series was designed by the CDC and approved by the American Medical Association.

The PreventT2 Program is a year-long commitment, and includes a series of one-hour classes – starting on January 18. Classes will be taught by a Registered Nurse, a Registered Dietitian, and an Exercise Physiologist, and will meet weekly during the first four months, then every two weeks, followed by monthly classes during the last six months. Anyone with any of the following risk factors should consider enrolling: overweight, age 45 or older, have a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes, are physically active fewer than three times a week, gave birth to a baby that weighed more than nine pounds, had gestational (during pregnancy only) diabetes, or are of African American, Hispanic/Latino American, American Indian, Pacific Islander, or Asian American descent.

The topics will include healthy eating, how to add physical activity if you are busy, stress management, how to cope with challenges that can derail your hard work, and how to get back on track if you stray.

Classes will meet on Wednesdays between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Village Room at Memorial Hospital. The cost for the one-year program is $300, and can be paid at registration or in $100 installments during the first three months. Some health insurances may cover this program, but at present it is not covered by Medicare. For more information, or to register, contact the Food and Nutrition department at (937) 578-2444.

Memorial Hospital also offers a one-session free Prediabetes Class, and hosts a Diabetes Support Group.