Prediabetes is a growing threat in the United States. It is identified when a blood sugar level is higher than normal, but not high enough for someone to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Eighty-six million adults in the United States have prediabetes, with nine out of ten people not knowing they have it.
The risk for prediabetes and diabetes is higher if the person is:
- Overweight or obese
- Has a family history of the disease
- Aged 45 or older
- Not physically active
- Had diabetes while pregnant
- Is African American, American Indian, Hispanic, Asian American or Pacific Islander
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention established the National Diabetes Prevention Program to help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. The program is evidenced-based with research showing that lifestyle modifications can cut the risk of type 2 diabetes in half.
This lifestyle changing program consists of:
- A year-long commitment of participants to, eat healthier, include physical activity into their daily lives, incorporate problem-solving strategies to maintain positive lifestyle changes
- A small group setting with others making the same achievable changes
- Sixteen sessions during the first six months to provide core learning
- Six sessions for the last six months to reinforce and build on content
- A “lifestyle coach” leader trained by an approved organization
PTI has lifestyle coaches who can bring this program to your organization. Contact Harmony at firstname.lastname@example.org or 248.475.4736 for more information.
To learn more about the National Diabetes Prevention Program, see the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention.