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Business Structure Evaluation Process Updates

We're currently conducting an evaluation of Lee Health's business structure. Explore all available documents and dive deeper into the process by learning more here. Lee Health’s Board of Directors invites you to a public hearing, set for Thursday, April 25th in the Community Room at Gulf Coast Medical Center, to discuss the ongoing evaluation of converting the health system to a community-focused nonprofit structure. Learn more details here.

Diabetes Prevention

Ready to take charge of your prediabetes and prevent diabetes?

Get in touch with a program navigator to find the right program for you. 

Call 239-424-3127 (Fort Myers/Cape Coral) or 239-468-0051 (Bonita Springs/Estero),

Diabetes Prevention Program

Do you have prediabetes? Take control of your health. The Diabetes Prevention Program can help you make lasting health changes and acheive the delicate balance you need to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

These classes are part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This proven program can help you make modest lifestyle changes and cut your risk of type 2 diabetes by more than half.

With the Diabetes Prevention Program, you get:

  • The skills you need to lose weight, be more physically active, and manage stress
  • A trained lifestyle coach to guide and encourage you
  • Support from other participants having similar goals as you – in a fun environment!
  • A yearlong program with weekly meetings for the first six months, then once or twice a month for the second six months

Diabetes Prevention Program

Take care of yourself - prediabetes can develop into type 2 diabetes

More than 1 out of 3 American adults live with prediabetes, and most of them are unaware of it. Prediabetes is a result of your blood sugar level being higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered diabetes. Having prediabetes raises your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Without weight loss and physical activity, approximately 15-30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years. Type 2 diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in the U.S. and can lead to other health issues such as kidney failure, heart attack, blindness, or loss of toes, feet, or legs.

The long-lasting lifestyle adjustments you make in the Diabetes Prevention Program will help you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

Know if you are at risk for developing diabetes:

  • Are you 45 years or older?
  • Are you overweight?
  • Do you have a parent or family member with diabetes?
  • Do you exercise fewer than three times a week?
  • Have you had diabetes while you were pregnant (gestational diabetes) or given birth to a baby weighing more than nine pounds?

Related to Diabetes Prevention

  • Whether you're newly diagnosed with diabetes or have been living with it for some time, our Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists provide you with the information and tools to better manage your diabetes. Request a self management consultation and get in touch with a program navigator to explore your care options.