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Free online: Diabetes prevention program
September 14, 2020 @ 12:30 pm
New Diabetes Prevention Program
Diabetes is certainly an important health concern of many local residents – and many need helpful information about avoiding this condition. Garnet Health is responding by offering a free 12-month Diabetes Prevention Program for qualified participants. Classes start this afternoon, but it’s not too late for qualified participants to sign up!
o Diabetes occurs when your blood sugar is too high. That sugar, also known as glucose, is your main source of energy. It comes from the food you eat. Insulin in your body helps glucose from food get into your cells to be used for energy. Sometimes your body doesn’t make enough — or any — insulin. That means the glucose doesn’t reach your cells, and too much glucose in your blood can cause health problems. There’s no cure for diabetes, but it can be managed.
• And the COVID-19 pandemic makes diabetes awareness and prevention even more important.
o Yes, hospitalizations were six times higher and deaths 12 times higher for COVID-19 patients with underlying conditions such as diabetes, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.
• So, it’s certainly important to take steps to avoid diabetes. Would you describe the Diabetes Prevention Program?
o The program is scientifically proven to decrease the risk of Type 2 diabetes by more than half. It teaches qualified participants to make better food choices and increase physical activity, and it provides helpful ways to cope with related issues and stress. Participants are guided by our certified lifestyle coaches.
• Who’s eligible to join the class?
o Applicants must have a positive screening for prediabetes based on the CDC Prediabetes Screening Test.
o You have to be at least 18.
o You must be overweight (a body-mass index of at least 25, or 23 if you’re Asian).
o You cannot have been previously diagnosed with diabetes.
o You must have had a blood-test result in the pre-diabetes range within the past year:
Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7% – 6.4% or
Fasting plasma glucose: 100 – 125 mg/dL or
Two-hour plasma glucose (after a 75 gm glucose load): 140 – 199 mg/dL
o You had gestational diabetes during a pregnancy.
• When does the class begin and how is it being presented?
o It starts today, Monday, Sept. 14, and will be held on Mondays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
o The classes are being provided online, not in person.
o It’s very important to note that this program is FREE. We’re doing that because we’re concerned about our community’s health.
• How can our listeners learn more about the Garnet Health Diabetes Prevention Program?
o Call (845) 333-2711 or visit garnethealth.org/preventdiabetes