Program helps prevent or delay Type 2 Diabetes

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Since 2015, the Madison County Rural Health Council has been offering the evidence based PreventT2 Lifestyle Change Program, part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to community members in and around Madison County.

The proven program has helped numerous participants make positive lifestyle changes such as losing a modest amount of weight and increasing physical active to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. 

People with prediabetes have higher than normal blood glucose (sugar) levels and are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. Several people with prediabetes can be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

“One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater,” said Christine Paul, executive director. 

The PreventT2 Lifestyle Change Program is based on research that showed that people with prediabetes 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.

Prevent T2 is a year-long program meeting weekly for the 16 sessions, then once or twice a month for the remainder of the year to help maintain their healthy lifestyle changes.

Participants learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated and solve problems that often get in the way when trying to make healthy changes to our every-day routine. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles. 

The program will once again be offered starting Thursday, Jan. 6 from 11 a.m. to noon virtually using Zoom.

To learn more about the program or to register, call Stephanie Henry, program coordinator, at 315-313-4399, email at henry.s@mcruralhealthcouncil.org or visit http://www.mcruralhealthcouncil.org/contact-us.

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