Class helps those with prediabetes


By Sue Cody


People are diagnosed every day as being “prediabetic,” with blood sugar higher than normal that puts them at risk for type 2 diabetes. A new class will teach them lifestyle changes that can avert this chronic disease that affects one in 11 Americans.


Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) in Astoria will offer the PreventT2 class starting Wednesday, Oct. 19. The yearlong class is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The evidence-based program has a proven record of helping people with prediabetes prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes. Registered dietitians and lifestyle coaches help patients make changes, such as losing weight.


Prediabetes is a condition in which people have high blood glucose (sugar) or hemoglobin A1C levels. These are risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes, which over time damages the heart, kidneys and eyes and leads to many physical problems. Not everyone with prediabetes will progress to diabetes.


“Being physically active can help control blood sugar levels,” says Vann Lovett, Nutrition Services manager for CMH. She is an instructor for the PreventT2 class.


The program works with participants to establish new behaviors, such as eating healthier, managing stress and increasing physical activity. Research shows people with prediabetes who lost 5 percent to 7 percent of their body weight by making modest changes, reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.


To be eligible, people must be l8 years old or older, not have a diagnoses of diabetes and have one of the following risk factors:


• BMI (Body Mass Index) greater than or equal to 24 (For instance, a 5-foot-5-inch adult weighing 150 pounds has a BMI of 25, as does a 6-foot person weighing 190.)

• Diagnosis of prediabetes

• Previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes


The class meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. once a week for 16 weeks, then once a month for six months. The yearlong program costs $249 and may be covered by some insurance plans or flex plans. Some financial assistance is available.


Registration is required. Call CMH Diabetes Education at (503) 338-4012 for details.


The Way to Wellville and the Columbia Pacific CCO encourage people to take action to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.
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