Over 2.7 million people in Michigan have prediabetes, but type 2 diabetes can be prevented
FLINT, MICH. —Just in time for New Year’s Resolutions, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) will offer the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). The DPP is a nationally recognized, CDC-certified interactive program that is helping people around the country succeed with weight loss, increase their physical activity and prevent type 2 diabetes. A DPP Information Session will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Oak Street Health, 102 Pierson Road, Flint, 48505.
To be considered for the class, please attend the information session on January 8 or the first class on January 15 at the same time. Please visiting www.ReadySetPrevent.org, calling 800-482-1455, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact the NKFM if you are unable to attend either session and they will review other options with you. Medicare Parts B and C cover DPP for its members who qualify. Also, funds are often available to pay for the workshop if you meet eligibility requirements.
The evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program is a yearlong “lifestyle change” program designed for adults of any age with prediabetes or at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. DPP workshops, led by trained lifestyle coaches, consist of 16 weekly one-hour group sessions followed by eight monthly sessions.
Participants learn to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. They 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. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment for people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together, participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.
People with prediabetes often have no symptoms. To find out if you have prediabetes or if you are at risk for it, you can:
- take the risk test at www.ReadySetPrevent.org. The risk test will also be provided at the DPP information session.
- call the NKFM at 800-482-1455.
- ask your doctor to tell you if you are at risk for diabetes. If you do not have a doctor because you do not have health care coverage, consider applying for health care coverage, including Medicaid, through your local Department of Health and Human Services office. You can also apply online at www.mibridges.michigan.govor call 1-855-789-5610.