Diabetes Prevention Program
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About The Event
You can avoid developing diabetes. And we’ll show you how.
Diabetes is a disease that generally requires life-long care. Once you develop it, you must take active steps to not only control your blood sugar but also avoid diabetes-related health problems. These can include heart disease, stroke, nerve damage, eye disease and kidney disease, among others.
The good news: You can avoid developing diabetes. Most people have a condition called prediabetes before they develop diabetes. Prediabetes means your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Nearly one-third of people with prediabetes will develop diabetes within five years. A key step in avoiding diabetes is to recognize and treat prediabetes. You should be checked for prediabetes if you:
- Are overweight
- Are 45 years or older
- Have a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes
- Are not physically active at least three times a week
- Had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than nine pounds
- Are African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Pacific Islander or Asian American
The ParTNers Center can screen you for prediabetes. Call for an appointment at 615-741-1709.
The DPP can help!
The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is designed to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. More specifically, your goal as a DPP participant is to lower your risk for type 2 diabetes by losing at least 7% of your body weight through increased physical activity and healthier eating. Classes are led by licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Lindsey Joe.
Our winter/spring session is already underway. Call us to see if you might be eligible for our fall 2020 class.
As a participant, you’ll get:
- 16 weekly, in-person sessions to teach you how healthy eating and physical activity can help reduce your risk
- Nutrition counseling, including tips for grocery shopping, healthy recipes and more
- Group support to motivate and inspire you to make healthier choices
- A CDC-approved curriculum with tips to stay on track
- Six months of support following the 16 weekly sessions
You may be eligible for the DPP if you meet all of the following criteria:
- Are at least 18 years old and
- Are overweight and
- Have no previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes and
- Have a blood test result in the prediabetes range within the past year:
- A1c: 5.7–6.4% or
- Fasting glucose: 100-125 or
- Two-hour oral glucose: 140-199 or
- Have been previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes
Call the ParTNers Center at 615-741-1709 for a screening appointment. If you have already been diagnosed with diabetes, you will not be eligible for the DPP.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Medical Association