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Reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes

N ine out of 10 people who have pre-diabetes don’t know they have the condition. Annette McClenahan, a certified diabetes educator with Lee Health, says, “There are no symptoms for a pre-diabetic condition. It’s diagnosed through blood tests. About 15-30 percent of adults with pre-diabetes develop Type 2 diabetes.”

To lower the risks of people who are pre-diabetic from developing Type 2 diabetes, Lee Health Solutions has added a diabetes prevention program to its menu of chronic disease self- management programs. The classes, part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program and led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, focus on helping participants make long-lasting lifestyle adjustments to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes.

“The program is for people whose blood sugars are higher than normal, but are not high enough to be diabetic,” Annette says.

The group meets weekly for the first 16 weeks, then every other week for the next two months.

During the last six months of the year-long program, participants meet once or twice monthly. A trained lifestyle coach from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the classes.

“We meet in group-session style for an hour,” Annette says. “We talk about diet, barriers to activity, dining out, and various types of behaviors.” Program goals include reducing body weight by 5 to 7 percent and working up to 150 minutes of weekly moderate physical activity, such as walking, swimming or other exercise.

Annette says the program can reduce one’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by about 60 percent by encouraging participants to make long-term moderate lifestyle changes.

Participants are eligible to enroll if they:

  • Have no previous diagnosis of diabetes
  • Have a lab test indicating pre-diabetes
  • Have a physician or health care provider referral
  • Have a body mass index greater than or equal to 25
  • Are 18 years of age or older

Join the Program

The program will be free for a limited time. For more information or to register, call Lee Health Solutions at 239-424-3127

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