Hospital offers diabetes prevention program class

REED CITY — One in three adults has prediabetes, a significant risk factor for developing yype 2 diabetes. Most people with prediabetes do not even know they have it.

After seeing success in the first three rounds of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital will host a fourth class beginning April 23.

The program offers people at high risk for type 2 diabetes an opportunity to help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes through lifestyle changes. Participants will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. every Wednesday for 16 weeks, and monthly for six months following. Additional class times may be established based on participant needs.

“As the number of Americans with prediabetes grows, we face the certainty of increasing disease, disability and health care expense,” said Kim Lombard, manager of medical nutrition therapy and diabetes education at Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital. “The National DPP offers a proven approach to delaying or preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers.”

People with prediabetes — an elevated blood glucose level not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes — are five to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within three years. The National DPP is based on a research study led by the National Institutes of Health and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which showed that participants who lost five to seven 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.

National DPP participants meet as a group with a trained lifestyle coach and learn how to make important changes, such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress. The group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants can celebrate their successes and figure out ways to overcome obstacles.

Risk factors for prediabetes include:

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

To register for the National DPP, call Kim Lombard or Lori King at (231) 832-6636.