DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM
There’s a program offered in your area that can help you lose weight and live a longer, healthier life. Did you know that 86 million American adults are at risk for diabetes? And most don’t know it! That is an astounding fact. Put another way, 1 in 3 American adults has prediabetes. The risk goes up to over 50% for seniors aged 60 years or older.
About 1.8 million adults in Washington has prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. And most people with prediabetes don’t even know they have it. People with pre-diabetes often do not experience any symptoms. A person’s risk for diabetes includes: a family history of diabetes, history of gestational diabetes, being over the age of 45, overweight, and physically inactive. Click here to take the simple test to know your risk score. The Diabetes Prevention Program is a proven program that can help ou lose weight and prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes for people at risk.
The Diabetes Prevention Program is a 16-week lifestyle change program that supports people in making changes to reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program empowers people to lower their risk for type 2 diabetes by losing modest amounts of weight by decreasing fat and calorie intake and participating in regularly in physical activity. You will also learn motivation techniques and stress management to keep you on the path to good health.
The sessions will help participants develop lifelong skills for healthy living through step-by-step changes. Following the sixteen-week series, monthly sessions will be held to help participants maintain their lifestyle changes.
Diabetes can also lead to other serious health issues.
- Twice as likely to have depression2
- 2x the risk of death as compared to people of similar age but without diabetes2
- 2 in 3 have high blood pressure3
- 2 to 4x more likely to develop heart disease or stroke3
- 3x more likely to die with flu and pneumonia4
Some people face a higher risk than others.
- Those with a family history of diabetes
- Women who have had polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or delivered a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
- Overweight or obese people, especially those with belly fat around the abdomen
- Those who have high cholesterol and high triglycerides
- Men and women who are inactive
- Older people, because they may be less able to process sugar appropriately
GET TESTED TODAY
Blood Glucose Tests – A blood glucose test can help determine if yo qualify to participate in the Diabetes Prevention Program. To participate in the program you blood value must fall in the PREDIABETES/REVERSIBLE ZONE. Or you can also qualify by scoring 9 or higher on the Risk Quiz.
A1C TEST – The A1C is a test to find out if you have prediabetes. A1C shows the average amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood over the past 3-4 months.
FASTING PLASMA GLUCOSE TEST – The fasting plasma glucose test measures teh amount of glucose in your bloodstream at a point in time after you have not eaten any food.
Reversing Prediabetes is Possible
Here are some practical ways it can be done:
1.) Lose weight: In many cases, losing just 10-15 pounds – especially belly fat – can make a huge difference and return blood glucose levels to a normal range. Just a 7% weight loss can reduce your risk of diabetes.
2.) Exercise more: Relax – it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Thirty minutes of moderate activity most days of the week is enough. Even short walks are effective.
3.) Stay away from unhealthy foods: Find comparative alternatives to high fat and sugary foods.
4.) Live Healthy: Make a fresh start by watching your diet, quit smoking, be responsible with alcohol and get plenty of sleep.