TYPE 2 DIABETES: If you were told you could prevent type
2 diabetes, would you want to find out how: I'm guessing you would say yes! Well
you can! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established the National Diabetes Prevention Program, and evidence-based
lifestyle change program to prevent type 2 diabetes. This program is for people at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5% to 7%
of their body weight, which is 10-14 pounds for a 200 pound person. These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing
type 2 diabetes by 58% in people with prediabetes. Participants work with a lifestyle coach in a group setting to receive
a 1-year lifestyle change program, that includes 16 core sessions (usually 1 per week) and 6 post-core sessions (1 per month).
The National Diabetes Prevention Program teaches participants strategies for incorporating
physical activity into daily life and eating healthy. Lifestyle coaches
work with participants to identify emotions and situations that can sabotage their
success, and the group process encourages participants to share strategies for dealing with challenging situations. National
Diabetes Prevention Program classes are offered at the Bracken County Health Department. Classes
are free to members of Anthem Blue Cross / Blue Shield Kentucky Employee Health
Plan (KEHP). Contact 606-735-2157 extension 225 or e-mail DonnaS.Teegarden@ky.gov
to register or if you have any questions.