By Becky Ginos
CLEARFIELDâ€”Prediabetes is a serious and growing problem. One out of three American adults have it â€“ yet nine out of 10 donâ€™t know it.
â€śThat doesnâ€™t mean youâ€™ll get type 2 diabetes,â€ť said Kristen Brimley, community health educator for the Davis County Health Department. â€śThere are small changes you can make to prevent it.â€ť
Those with prediabetes have high blood sugar levels that arenâ€™t high enough to be considered diabetes, she said. â€śBut it puts them at higher risk for stroke, diabetes and heart disease.â€ť
The DCHD is hosting a yearlong class called PreventT2 that is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program designed to help those at risk.
â€śItâ€™s a CDC recognized program that helps patients make lifestyle changes through physical activity and eating habits,â€ť Brimley said. â€śThe goal is for them to lose 5 percent of their weight and achieve 150 minutes of physical activity a week.â€ť
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.
â€śThe results are lasting too,â€ť she said. â€śAfter 10 years participants are a third less likely to develop type 2 diabetes if theyâ€™ve gone through the program.â€ť
Each class has a maximum of 15 participants. â€śWe start a class every three months to four months,â€ť said Brimley. â€śIt 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.â€ť
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 theyâ€™re at high risk. â€śThen take those results to your doctor and get a blood test,â€ť she said. â€śThatâ€™s the official indicator.â€ť
Some signs to consider are:
â€˘ Family history of diabetes
â€˘ Over the age of 40
â€˘ History of gestational diabetes
â€˘ 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.
â€śThere are only 15 spots so we recommend registering as soon as possible,â€ť she said. â€śIf itâ€™s full weâ€™ll put you on a waiting list. This program will help reduce the risk of developing diabetes.â€ť