Prevent diabetes

Kim Jacobs

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a yearlong lifestyle change program in which participants meet in a group with a trained lifestyle coach.

Participants learn how to include healthy eating and regular physical activity in their lives in order to achieve a modest weight loss and help prevent developing Type 2 diabetes.

A program began Jan. 29 at Blue Mountain Hospital.

To be eligible for referral to a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program, patients must meet the following requirements:

• Be at least 18 years old and

• Be overweight (body mass index ≥ 24; ≥ 22 if Asian) and

• Have no previous diagnosis of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and

• Have a blood test result in the prediabetes range within the past year:

• Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7–6.4 percent or

• Fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL or

• Two-hour plasma glucose (after a 75 gm glucose load): 140–199 mg/dL or

• Be previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes or

• Score 9 or higher on the CDC prediabetes screening test

This is a yearlong program with weekly meetings for the first six months, then monthly meetings for the rest of the year. Kim Jacobs, a trained lifestyle coach, will be facilitating the meetings. Contact Jacobs at 541-575-1311 or for more information.

• Take responsibility for your health. Don’t let excuses hold you back.

• Don’t make radical changes. They’re less likely to be successful in the long run.

• Save some time in your schedule almost every day to exercise. Make it a part of your routine.

• Practice moderation. Don’t force yourself to eat healthy every meal. Eat healthy most of the week, and indulge yourself within reason one day.

• Be committed to a healthy lifestyle. Consistency is key.

• Find a support network. Others can help you achieve your goals.

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