PreventT2 helps Lawrence County Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
One in three American adults has prediabetes. Without weight loss or moderate physical activity, many of them can develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.
If you have prediabetes, the PreventT2 lifestyle change program, offered by Lawrence County Health Department, can help you make lasting changes to prevent type 2 diabetes. You will work in a group with a trained lifestyle coach to learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to your life, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes.
“So many people in our community have prediabetes without even knowing it,” said Ashley Wilks with Lawrence County Health Department. “PreventT2 offers a real chance to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes for those at high risk by adopting a healthier lifestyle. If you don’t have prediabetes, you may have other risk factors that could also put you at higher risk for type 2 diabetes.”
PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
The next cohort of the program will begin on Tuesday, April 18 at 12:00 pm NOON at Lawrence County Health Department. To begin this FREE year-long program you must register before this first class.
PreventT2 groups meet for a year — weekly for the first 6 months, then once or twice a month for the second 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. The program is based on research that found people with prediabetes can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half by losing 5 to 7 percent of their body weight. That is about 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds.
Many in our community have already completed the program. Here are some key words they shared when asked to tell others about the program:
Educational Fun Fellowship Eye-opener Sharing ideas Together
One participant said, “The group support is a great help and Ashley is always encouraging, not condemning. All in all, an educational and inspirational experience!”
Take a free prediabetes RISK TEST at DoIHavePrediabetes.org
To Qualify to Enroll in the National Diabetes Prevention Program PreventT2
- Be at least 18 years old AND
- Be overweight (BMI at least 25) AND
- Have NO previous Diagnosis of Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes (sorry, this class is for prevention, not control)
- AND have ONE of the following (Lab results must be within the past year)
-Hemoglobin A1C test 5.7%-6.4%
-Fasting Plasma Glucose test 100-125 mg/dL
-Two-hour plasma glucose test 140-199 mg/dL
-Previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes during pregnancy by a doctor
-Score 5 or higher, which indicates high-risk, on the CDC Pre-diabetes Risk Test found at: www.cdc.gov/prediabetes/takethetest and