Monday, October 17, 2016

Don’t Get Type 2 Diabetes – Join a Diabetes Prevention Program

Could you be on the path to developing type 2 diabetes? It is estimated that 1 out of 3 adults and half of all seniors have pre-diabetes, a condition that often leads to diabetes, if not treated.  One of the scary parts is that most people with pre-diabetes don’t even know that they have it!!!  The positive news is that some weight loss and physical activity can help prevent type 2 diabetes.

Julie Mallard of Escanaba was one of the many Yoopers who found out through a simple blood test at her hospital lab that she has type 2 diabetes (The test is repeated a second time on a different day to make sure you really do have pre-diabetes). Julie then decided to go into action; she didn’t want to get diabetes – she joined a local Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP); this program has been proven to help prevent type 2 diabetes.

According to Julie ‘The DPP has been a game changer for me. I’ve tried various weight loss programs and methods before, but I could never stick with them. For the first time in my life, I have started to make lifestyle changes that don’t feel temporary. I’m not perfect with my program, but I have stuck with it, and even when I sometimes make choices that aren’t the healthiest, those are now the exception rather than the norm.I appreciate the structure of the DPP – beginning with a focus on food and nutrition, gradually working in the exercise and fitness element, and all the while sharing the journey with the same group of people week after week. The support has been tremendous and the results have been thrilling.”

To find a Diabetes Prevention Program in your area, call 2-1-1.  Some are free and other programs have a cost.  If you don’t have a program in your area, see your local RD for assistance or consider joining a weight loss support program like TOPS or Weight Watchers.
You can find more information about pre-diabetes on the U.P. Diabetes Outreach and UPCAP website. There is even a simple quiz to take to see if you are at high risk for having pre-diabetes. 

Once a person develops diabetes, there is no cure, but it can be controlled. Health care costs increase by about 50% when a person gets diabetes. Take action today - prevent type 2 diabetes!! Get your a fasting blood sugar (glucose) test; if  it is between 100 and 125 mg/dL, join a Diabetes Prevention Program to help you lose weight and avoid getting diabetes. 

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