REED CITY\u00a0\u2014\u00a0One in three adults has pre-diabetes, a significant\u00a0risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. Most people with pre-diabetes do not even\u00a0know they have it. To help those with pre-diabetes manage their health, Spectrum Health\u00a0Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals will host a National Diabetes Prevention Program\u00a0class beginning Monday, Feb. 9, in Reed City. The program offers people at high risk for type 2 diabetes an opportunity to help\u00a0prevent 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. \u201cAs the number of Americans with pre-diabetes grows, we face the certainty of increasing\u00a0disease, disability and health care expense,\u201d said Kim Lombard, manager of medical\u00a0nutrition therapy and diabetes education at Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City\u00a0hospitals. \u201cThe National DPP offers a proven approach to delaying or preventing the\u00a0onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a\u00a0coach and one\u2019s peers.\u201d People with pre-diabetes \u2014 an elevated blood glucose level not yet high enough to be\u00a0diagnosed as diabetes \u2014 are five to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes\u00a0than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many will be diagnosed with type\u00a02 diabetes within three years. The National DPP is based on a research study led by\u00a0the National Institutes of Health and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and\u00a0Prevention, which showed that participants who lost five to seven percent of their body\u00a0weight (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) by making modest changes reduced\u00a0their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. National DPP participants meet as a group with a trained lifestyle coach and learn\u00a0how to make important changes, such as losing a modest amount of weight, being\u00a0more physically active and managing stress. The group setting provides a supportive\u00a0environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same\u00a0changes. Together participants can celebrate their successes and figure out ways to\u00a0overcome 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.