Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Wayne HealthCare Preventing Type 2 Diabetes with Proven Program

Join Other PreventT2 Participants in Learning How to Make Healthy Changes in Darke County

(Greenville, OH) August 24, 2017

Wayne HealthCare community members are preventing type 2 diabetes together with the PreventT2 Lifestyle Change Program. The new program offered by Wayne HealthCare will be led by trained lifestyle coaches. Participants will learn the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.

People with pre-diabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels — are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with pre-diabetes can be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

“One in three American adults has pre-diabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater,” said Karen Droesch, Diabetes Educator. “The PreventT2 program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers.”

Participants learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes. PreventT2 groups meet for a year — weekly for the first 2 months, then twice a month for 6 months, and monthly for 3 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

“I’ve tried to make changes before, but struggled to make them stick. This class helped me make reasonable changes to how I eat and got me to start exercising. Best of all, I’ve maintained those changes for almost a year,” said one program participant.

PreventT2 is based on research that showed that people with pre-diabetes who lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) by making modest changes reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

Nationwide implementation of the program could greatly reduce future cases of type 2 diabetes, a serious condition that can lead to health problems including heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.

“Small changes can add up to a big difference,” added Karen Droesch. “Working with a trained lifestyle coach who provides guidance, PreventT2 participants are making lasting changes together.”

People are more likely to have pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes if they:

  • Are 45 years of age or older;
  • Are overweight;
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;
  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or
  • Have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.

PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The new group program will meet at Wayne HealthCare on Tuesdays at 4:15pm in the Administrative Board Room from September 26, 2017 to August 14, 2018. The cost of the program is $250 and includes a Calorie King Book, 25 educational sessions, class materials, pedometer, exercise bands, tool for tracking food and exercise and a supportive environment to help participants achieve health goals. An informational session about the PreventT2 program will be held on Tuesday, September 19th at 5pm in the Administrative Board Room at Wayne HealthCare.

To learn more about the PreventT2 program at Wayne HealthCare, call Karen Droesch, Diabetes Educator at 937-547-5750 or visit www.waynehealthcare.org.

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