Help prevent diabetes with proven program

August 14, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Once again, Michigan Medicine is offering PreventT2, a proven diabetes prevention program.

This program has already helped many employees and patients with prediabetes achieve weight loss and improve their blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. This fall, new sessions will be offered to help even more eligible participants.

People with prediabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels — are five-to-15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with prediabetes can be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within five years.

In this program, a registered dietitian guides groups of participants in learning how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes.

PreventT2 groups meet for a full year — weekly for the first six months, then once or twice a month for the second six months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes.

The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

“I believe for the first time in my life someone has explained to me how food works in my body,” said a past participant. “The support in this group is also amazing. People have such great ideas. I’m very happy being in this program. If you listen and pay attention, it works!”

PreventT2 is based on research that shows that people with prediabetes who lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) by making modest lifestyle changes reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

Nationwide implementation of the program could greatly reduce future cases of type 2 diabetes, a serious condition that can lead to health problems including heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet or legs.

People are more likely to have prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if they:

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

To participate in the PreventT2 program, participants must have a recent A1C value of 5.7 to 6.4 percent, plus a body mass index (BMI) of 24 or higher.

To learn more about Prevent T2 at Michigan Medicine or to sign up, attend one of these free orientation sessions:

  • Monday, Aug. 28, 6-7 p.m., at Domino’s Farms, Lobby C
  • Tuesday, Aug. 29, 6-7 p.m. at Wolverine Tower, 3003 S. State Street, Suite 18

RSVP is required for an orientation session. Call 734-998-2475 or email um-mend-dpp@med.umich.edu. To join the program, enrollments will be taken at the end of the orientation sessions.

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Website: http://www.uofmhealth.org/conditions-treatments/diabetes-prevention-program

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