(Pontiac, IL | February 4, 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
- Kidney failure
- Loss of toes, feet, or legs
The Diabetes Prevention Program at OSF HealthCare Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center may help if you:
- Are 45 years of age or older
- Are 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 that weighed more than 9 pounds
Participants in the year-long, free program 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 the risk of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, they can improve overall well-being and the well-being of the family.
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
The next course begins March 4, 2019 and runs weekly for 16 weeks, then monthly for the rest of the year. Participants commit to lose weight (just five to seven percent of their body weight).
For more information about the Diabetes Prevention Program, contact Sherri at (815) 842-4970.