McPherson Hospital will soon be serving as a site for the national Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).
According to the CDC, 1 out of every 3 adults, or a total of eighty-six million Americans now have prediabetes. And 9 out of 10 of them don’t know they have it. Without intervention, 15% to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.
McPherson Hospital dietitian Suzanne Fleming said, “This is a year-long educational class showing significant reductions in the incidence of type 2 diabetes in participants, and we are VERY excited to offer it here.” Fleming, who will serve as lead facilitator, added that the course will also be led by the hospitals’ Corporate Health Services staff and other health and wellness professionals.
The CDC encourages those at risk for diabetes to join a lifestyle change program to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. The program can also lower one’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke, and can improve overall health.
Participants in the program do not need to be approved by a physician, but they do need to have a prediabetes diagnosis. The program runs for one year and initially, meetings are held about once a week. Later in the year, the meetings move to once or twice a month.
Program leaders say that making lifestyle change is an ongoing process. Staying in the program for the full year is essential to help patients stick to new habits and avoid slipping back into old habits. The group process helps everyone stay focused on their goals.
Fleming says that the cost is $175 for the whole program and that some insurance carriers will cover the cost. Classes are scheduled to begin November 3.
For more information or to sign up for the course, contact Corporate Health Services at 620-504-5197.