“A lot of us want to make those great changes, but how am I going about it? What are my obstacles?” Questions, Lee Health diabetes educator Melanie Aracri is helping people answer before they develop type two diabetes. “Providing that education and providing that accountability and providing that group support, everybody’s learning from each other that it helps maintain those healthy lifestyle changes.”
In a year-long course, participants diagnosed with pre-diabetes learn about nutrition, exercise, and stress management—then develop action plans to help them improve their lifestyle and prevent type two diabetes. “There is research that has shown that if you do those lifestyle changes, 7 to 10 percent weight loss, 150 minutes of exercise per week that you can prevent or delay that development of type two diabetes,” said Aracri.
Patients are considered pre-diabetic if their A1C is between 5.7 and 6.4—they are considered diabetic if their A1C is over 6.5. “There are definitely risk factors in regards to diabetes type two and pre-diabetes. Age is a risk factor, so greater than 45. Obesity is a risk factor. Genetics plays a part,” she said.
Diabetes affects one in ten people. While a blood test can determine the risk for *pre-diabetes, lifestyle changes can prevent patients from developing the disease. A program that’s helping people take control of their life and prevent type two diabetes.