National Diabetes Prevention Program
What We Do
Over the course of three years, Diabetes Prevention Program staff will match 300 adults who are prediabetic or have multiple risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes, with lifestyle coaches.
Small groups of people work with coaches for one year to help them focus on healthy eating, physical activity, and coping skills, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
This program is FREE to Mesa County residents.
One in three Americans are prediabetic and most are unaware of their condition. Having prediabetes means your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not necessarily high enough to be diagnosed as diabetic. Prediabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes. Luckily, prediabetes can often be reversed with lifestyle modification.
If you have these risk factors, you may be at higher risk than others for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes:
- You are overweight.
- You are 45 years of age or older.
- Your parent or sibling has type 2 diabetes.
- You are physically active fewer than 3 times per week.
- You ever gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.
- You ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes).
In order to qualify for the program, you must be at least 18 years old and have Body Mass Index (BMI)24; 22 if Asian AND have:
- formal diagnosis,
- hemoglobin A1C: 5.7 – 6.4% or,
- fasting plasma glucose: 100-125 mg/dL or,
- two-hour plasma glucose (after a 75 gm glucose load): 140-199 mg/dor, and
- previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes.
- self-referral based on score on pre-diabetes screening test (CDC or American Diabetes Association).
In this year-long program, participants meet with lifestyle coaches in small groups approximately once a week for six months, then transition to monthly meetings for the following six months.
Meetings are designed to support residents while they gain the knowledge needed to live healthier lifestyles.
Research shows this type of program reduces onset of type 2 diabetes by 58% overall and 71% overall for people 60 years of age and older.