One in three American adults―more than 88 million―has prediabetes. That means their blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. Worse yet, at least eight out of 10 of those with prediabetes don’t know they have the condition. And, without making lifestyle changes, prediabetes can progress to type 2 diabetes within five years*.
Good news, small changes
The good news is that, for many, modest lifestyle changes can reverse prediabetes. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed Prevent T2 as part of its National Diabetes Prevention Program. Prevent T2 is proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in those with prediabetes.
“Research shows that patients at high risk for diabetes who lose 10 pounds can cut their risk of type 2 diabetes by more than half! That’s tremendous, and definitely worth the effort!” – Patricia Lord, RN, BSN, CDCES, certified diabetes educator at Lake Health
In January 2020, Lake Health Physician Group Northcoast Family Practice teamed up with Lake Health’s Diabetes Education Services to pilot Lake Health’s first Prevent T2 program. Northcoast patients with prediabetes were invited to take part in a free year-long lifestyle change program. Working with trained lifestyle coach and certified diabetes educator Patricia Anzo, RDN, LD, CDCES, and other health professionals, participants learn how to make modest changes that can prevent type 2 diabetes and perhaps reverse their prediabetes condition.
To make healthy diet changes, the program teaches patients how to track their food intake, identify carbohydrate content, cope with holidays, eat mindfully and manage stress. Patients also learn how to track and increase the type, amount and intensity of their physical activity.
Classes create a positive environment for group camaraderie and are held weekly―observing all COVID-19 safety requirements―during the first six months of the program. Virtual classes are held twice a month during the final six months. In addition, there are cooking demonstrations, physician presentations, exercise opportunities, grocery shopping tours and a variety of stress management and motivational techniques. Text messages and emails offer even more support and motivation.
"I’ve learned a lot,” says Prevent T2 participant Al Eckert. “Techniques like tracking, reading labels and establishing goals through action plans have made me so much more aware of my diet, activity and health.”
If you have prediabetes or other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, now’s the time to cut your chances of developing diabetes by taking charge of your health and making a change.
“Prevent T2 is a real chance for those with prediabetes to prevent type 2 diabetes rather than having to manage the difficult symptoms and devastating effects of diabetes,” Patricia says. “And, for patients already diagnosed with diabetes, our certified diabetes educators offer services in physician offices throughout our area, helping patients manage and take control of diabetes and live their best life.”
Are you at risk?
For more information on Prevent T2 and other diabetes education services or to register for a class, call: Diabetes Education Services at 440-354-1622.
*These statistics are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).