By Becky Ginos
CLEARFIELD‚ÄĒPrediabetes is a serious and growing problem. One out of three American adults have it ‚Äď yet nine out of 10 don‚Äôt know it.
‚ÄúThat doesn‚Äôt mean you‚Äôll get type 2 diabetes,‚ÄĚ said Kristen Brimley, community health educator for the Davis County Health Department. ‚ÄúThere are small changes you can make to prevent it.‚ÄĚ
Those with prediabetes have high blood sugar levels that aren‚Äôt high enough to be considered diabetes, she said. ‚ÄúBut it puts them at higher risk for stroke, diabetes and heart disease.‚ÄĚ
The DCHD is hosting a yearlong class called PreventT2 that is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program designed to help those at risk.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a CDC recognized program that helps patients make lifestyle changes through physical activity and eating habits,‚ÄĚ Brimley said. ‚ÄúThe goal is for them to lose 5 percent of their weight and achieve 150 minutes of physical activity a week.‚ÄĚ
A study by the National Institute of Health showed participants in the program cut their risk of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent and those over 60 decreased their risk by 71 percent, said Brimley.
‚ÄúThe results are lasting too,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúAfter 10 years participants are a third less likely to develop type 2 diabetes if they‚Äôve gone through the program.‚ÄĚ
Each class has a maximum of 15 participants. ‚ÄúWe start a class every three months to four months,‚ÄĚ said Brimley. ‚ÄúIt starts with 16 weekly sessions for about four months then every other week (about two months) and the last six months we meet once a month. It helps with long-term change. It can be a challenge to keep that lifestyle going.‚ÄĚ
The first session starts Friday, Nov. 2 from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the North Davis Senior Center, 42 State St. in Clearfield. Registration is required. Go to https://go.usa.gov/xPke3 or call 801-525-5077.
Because prediabetes is largely asymptomatic, Brimley said patients can take a risk test at prediabetes.org to let them know if they‚Äôre at high risk. ‚ÄúThen take those results to your doctor and get a blood test,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs the official indicator.‚ÄĚ
Some signs to consider are:
‚ÄĘ Family history of diabetes
‚ÄĘ Over the age of 40
‚ÄĘ History of gestational diabetes
‚ÄĘ High blood pressure
PreventT2 costs $250 for the entire year but Brimley suggests patients check with their insurance to see if it might be covered.
‚ÄúThere are only 15 spots so we recommend registering as soon as possible,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúIf it‚Äôs full we‚Äôll put you on a waiting list. This program will help reduce the risk of developing diabetes.‚ÄĚ