HUDSON, Ohio, March 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- GemCare Wellness is offering the PreventT2 lifestyle change program for free to community members to help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Guided by a trained lifestyle coach, groups of participants are learning the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.
People with prediabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels — are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with prediabetes can be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within 5 years.
"One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater," said Jim Piper, general manager of GemCare Wellness. "The PreventT2 program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one's peers."
Participants learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes. PreventT2 groups meet for a year — weekly for the first 6 months, then once or twice a month for the second 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. The program's group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.
PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The local program will meet at the Barlow Community Center on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm beginning on March 20th. Several members have already signed up for and completed PreventT2, and GemCare Wellness is working to enroll more participants.
"I am glad I made the choice to drive roughly 40 minutes each way to learn and understand just what diabetes is and what I can do to prevent it," said Mark B., 2017 program participant. "I for one learned valuable lessons when it comes to foods, portions, activity, among many life changing choices…I would attend this class again."
PreventT2 is based on research that showed that people with prediabetes who lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) by making modest changes reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.
Nationwide implementation of the program could greatly reduce future cases of type 2 diabetes, a serious condition that can lead to health problems including heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.
"Small changes can add up to a big difference," added Piper. "Working with a trained lifestyle coach who provides guidance, PreventT2 participants are making lasting changes together."
People are more likely to have prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if they:
- 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; or
- Have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.
To enroll or learn more about the program, call 800-294-9176 or visit www.gemcarewellness.com/diabetes-prevention.
GemCare Wellness is a leader in the health and wellness industry by offering strategic services that brings meaningful, measurable, and financially rewarding results to its clients. GemCare utilizes a personalized approach in order to guide participants in making lasting health improvements that help manage conditions as well as reduce the risk of acquiring chronic conditions in the future. By only employing certified healthcare professionals, GemCare Wellness delivers superior quality of care to ensure its members reach their maximum potential and its clients receive positive outcomes. For more information, visit https://www.gemcarewellness.com
PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is proven to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Research shows that modest behavior changes, such as making better food choices and increasing physical activity, reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people at high risk for developing this disease. The National Diabetes Prevention Program brings together federal agencies, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, employers, insurers, health care professionals, academia, and other stakeholders to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes among people with prediabetes. www.cdc.gov/PreventT2
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