PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Research shows that modest behavior changes, such as making better food choices and increasing physical activity, reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people at high risk for developing this disease. The National Diabetes Prevention Program brings together federal agencies, community based organizations, faith-based organizations, employers, insurers, healthcare professionals, academia, and other stakeholders to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes among people with prediabetes.
In January 2020 North Country HealthCare is offering the PreventT2 Lifestyle Change Program in Bullhead City, Flagstaff and Round Valley. Certified lifestyle coaches will help you make small changes to improve your health and lose weight. This yearlong class will meet weekly for the first six months and monthly for the last six months. PreventT2 Lifestyle Change Program at North Country HealthCare is free and open to the public.
To learn more or sign up for the program, email or call 928.522.9464
To learn more about the program, visit www.cdc.gov/PreventT2.
According to the American Medical Association, prediabetes is the precursor to type 2 diabetes, and it is reversible if caught early on.
People with prediabetes have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes has no clear symptoms, but some individuals with prediabetes have signs of type 2 diabetes, such as intense feelings of thirst. According to the CDC, one in three adults has prediabetes—yet most don’t know it.
If left untreated, up to one-third of people with prediabetes could develop diabetes within five years, which increases your chances for stroke, heart attack, blindness, kidney failure, or loss of toes, feet or legs. Consulting your doctor for a prediabetes screening can help you learn if you’re at-risk and what to do next.
According to the CDC, you may be at risk for prediabetes if you:
You can also take a quick risk test at DoIHavePrediabetes.org to find out your risk score. If it’s high, talk to your physician about joining a PreventT2 class at North Country HealthCare to help you reverse your prediabetes and prevent you from developing type 2 diabetes.
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