Diabetes prevention comes to Española

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 Northern New Mexico Community members are preventing type 2 diabetes together by participating in the free National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) offered in Española by The Family YMCA and the Rio Arriba Cooperative Extension Service.
Guided by trained lifestyle coaches, groups of participants will learn the skills necessary to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress.
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 will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within three years.
“One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater.” said Melanie Chapman, Wellness Director of The Family YMCA. “The NDPP Program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers.”
Participants will learn 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.
NDPP groups meet once a week for 16 weeks, then once a month for 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’ve tried so many things before, but without the program I would never have done this on my own.” said one program participant.
The National Diabetes Prevention Program is based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that showed that people with prediabetes who lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight (10-14 pounds for a 200-pound person) by making modified changes reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.
Nationwide implementation of the program could save the United States health care system $5.7 billion and prevent about 885,000 future cases of type 2 diabetes, a serious condition that can lead to health problems including heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, loss of toes, feet, or legs.
“Small changes can add up to a big difference,” Chapman said. “Working with a trained lifestyle coach who provides guidance, NDPP participants are making lasting changes together.”
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 a week
• Have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy, or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
If you think you may be at risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and would like to join the program:
• Contact your health provider and ask to be tested for prediabetes. The health care provider may do a simple blood test. If you don’t have a health care provider, call us to find out if you qualify for the program.
• Take the “Could You Have Prediabetes?” online quiz at: cdc.gov/PreventT2. If the score shows a high risk for prediabetes, talk to a health care provider or contact the program.
Classes are free and begin at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 27 and will be at the Española County Complex Training Room, 1122 Industrial Park Road. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.
To find out if you’re eligible for this program and to register, contact Melanie Chapman, The Family YMCA, 662-3100 or mchapman@laymca.org.