FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Pam Meiner – Community Relations Coordinator 815.842.4986
(Pontiac, IL / August 26, 2019) – One in three adult Americans – that’s 86 million people – have prediabetes and most of them don’t know it. Without making lifestyle changes by losing weight and being more physically active, they risk developing type 2 diabetes within five years. Type 2 diabetes can lead to serious health issues such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and loss of toes, feet or legs.
The Diabetes Prevention Program at OSF HealthCare Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center may help persons who are 45 years of age or older, overweight, have a family history of type 2 diabetes, are physically active fewer than three times per week, had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby over nine pounds.
During the year-long, FREE program, participants learn to eat healthy, add physical activity to their lives, stay motivated and solve problems that may get in their way of healthy changes. Positive lifestyle changes not only lower their risk of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, they can improve their overall well-being and the well-being of the family.
The next course begins Monday, October 7 and runs weekly for 16 weeks, then monthly for the balance of the year. The program is open to anyone 18 years of age or older who meets the following criteria:
• HbA1c: 5.7% - 6.4%
• Fasting glucose: 100-125 mg/dL
• Two-hour reading on glucose tolerance test: 140-199 mg/dL
• BMI ≥ 25
No doctor referral is needed to participate in the program.
To learn more, call Sherri at (815) 842-4970.
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