New MCHD program focuses on diabetes prevention

One in three adults is prediabetic. Most don’t know it. Joining the Diabetes Prevention Program and improving your health can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

More than half of Mesa County residents are overweight or obese, which is a leading risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. Being overweight or obese can keep your body from making and using insulin properly and can cause high blood pressure.

The Diabetes Prevention Program addresses those risks through lifestyle changes. Adults who are prediabetic or have multiple risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes meet with lifestyle coaches to make changes over the course of a year. Groups meet once a week for six months, then transition to monthly meetings for the following six months.

Research shows this type of program reduces onset of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent overall and 71 percent overall for people 60 years of age and older.

Upcoming informational sessions:

  • Thursday, Jan. 28 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. at the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson St.
  • Thursday, Feb. 18 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. at Grand Valley Wellness Center, 605B 28 1/4 Road in Grand Junction

Take control of your health. Join the Diabetes Prevention Program.

Call 248-6900 for more information.

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