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26 million people have diabetes
Another 79 million people have pre-diabetes
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You can prevent type 2 diabetes and you don't have to do it alone.
Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes,
is most commonly caused by obesity and lack of physical activity. It is responsible for nearly 95 percent of diabetes cases in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control.
The Diabetes Prevention Program is a 16-session education program conducted by lifestyle coaches at local YMCAs for people who do not have diabetes but are at risk.
Program participants learn in a group setting how healthier eating and a moderate increase in activity can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by nearly 60 percent.
After completing the 16-session program, many previous participants have gone on to make lasting changes that significantly improve the quality of their lives.
Beginning Sept. 2013 the Diabetes Prevention Program also offers online options. The same qualification requirements (see below) still apply.
Virtual Diabetes Prevention Program Video
In order to qualify to participate, employee, spouse or dependent age 18 or over must meet one of the following criteria:
Start by learning your risk.
Take a 30-second quiz.
If your score is six or above, contact your doctor or register today for an upcoming screening event. A simple blood test can help you and your doctor determine whether you have diabetes or prediabetes.
Visit NotMe.com or call 1.888.688.4019 to see if you qualify for the Diabetes Prevention Program.
The Diabetes Prevention Program is only available to those enrolled in the State of Ohio United Healthcare plan.
The program is free of cost to eligible employees.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.
In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy.
Some risk factors for diabetes are:
- Unhealthy Weight
- Family History
- High Blood Pressure
- Abnormal Cholesterol Levels
- High levels of Triglycerides
Diabetes increases your risk for many serious health problems such as:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Amputation of Limbs
- Neuropathy (nerve damage)
- Kidney Damage
- Increased risk of certain cancers
Type 2 diabetes can often be prevented by:
- Eating healthy foods
- Choose foods low in fat and calories.
- Get adequate physical activity
- Aim for 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day.
- Lose excess pounds
- If you're overweight, losing even 5 percent of your body weight — for example, 10 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds — can reduce the risk of diabetes.
Source: Mayo Clinic