(Hamilton, Cazenovia, NY – Oct. 2014) One in three Americans has prediabetes.  Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, many will develop type 2 Diabetes within 3 years.

If you have prediabetes, the National Diabetes Prevention Program(NDPP) offered at Oneida Healthcare, through Hamilton Family Health Center and in the Cazenovia area can help you make lasting lifestyle changes to prevent type 2 diabetes.  Participants will work in a group with a trained coach to learn how to eat healthier and add physical activity to help lower weight and blood glucose levels.

The reduction of Chronic Diseases such as Diabetes is a priority in the Madison County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Many people are unaware of their prediabetic status and need to check with their physician and ask if they are at risk for type 2 diabetes.  The National Diabetes Prevention Program offered is a proven program to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

Ask your physician if you may have Prediabetes or you are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years or age or older
  • Are overweight BMI > 24 kg/m
  • Are physically active fewer than 3 times per week
  • Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes)
  • Fasting blood glucose level (range 100-125 mg/dl)
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes

The groups meet once a week for 16 weeks, then once a month for 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes.  The program is based on research that found people with prediabetes can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half by losing 5 – 7 percent of their body weight.  There will not be a cost to participants this year.

This program is supported by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and the New York State Health Foundation in collaboration with Herkimer County Healthnet.

To learn more about the National Diabetes Prevention Program and register for a program near you, call the Madison County Rural Health Council at 315-726-4869.


By martha

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