Spectrum Health offers diabetes prevention program starting Feb. 9

REED CITY — One in three adults has pre-diabetes, a significant risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes.

Most people with pre-diabetes do not even know they have it. To help those with pre-diabetes manage their health, Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals will host a National Diabetes Prevention Program class beginning Monday, Feb. 9, in Reed City.

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 education and lifestyle changes.

Participants will meet once a week for 16 weeks, and monthly for six months following.

“As the number of Americans with pre-diabetes 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 Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals. “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 pre-diabetes — 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 pre-diabetes 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
  • Giving birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds

To register for the National DPP, call Kim Lombard at (231) 832-4812.