April 17, 2013 – Reed City, Mich: Have you ever been told by your health care professional that you are at risk for diabetes? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that more than 79 million Americans age 20 and older have pre-diabetes. Without intervention, 15-30 percent of these men and women will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.

Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital, the CDC and Prevention-Led National Diabetes Prevention Program can help participants make a change for life. The program, funded by a grant from the American Association of Diabetes Educators, helps you learn how to change your lifestyle to prevent type 2 diabetes. Groups meet for 16 weekly sessions and six monthly follow-up sessions with a trained Lifestyle Coach.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating right, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight. In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach facilitates a small group of participants in learning about behavior changes over 16 one-hour sessions. Topics include healthier eating, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated and more. The group helps to motivate and encourage each other. After the initial 16 core sessions, participants meet monthly for additional support to help maintain their progress.

To participate in the program, a person must be overweight and have pre-diabetes or be at high risk. One does not necessarily need a doctor’s referral. Pre-diabetes is determined by one of the following blood test results:

• Fasting plasma glucose between 100-125 mg/d

• A 1c between 5.7% and 6.4%

• 2-hour plasma glucose between 140 to 199 mg/dl

In addition, a combination of risk factors such as family history, being overweight or obese, gestational diabetes and inactivity may also put a person at risk and therefore make them eligible. To learn more about the program, call 231.832.6636 or email Kimberly.lombard@spectrumhealth.org