OSWEGO – Community members can take steps to prevent type 2 diabetes together with the PreventT2 lifestyle change program offered by Arise, the Oswego County Health Department and Oswego Health.
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, becoming 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 five years.
“One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater,” said Diane Oldenburg, Senior Public Health Educator with the Oswego County Health Department. “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.”
PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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 six months, then once or twice a month for the second six 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.
Currently, Arise, Oswego Health, the Oswego County Health Department and Oswego County Opportunities’ IMPACT program are meeting to develop class schedules.
Classes are planning to start the end of August or beginning of September in Fulton and Oswego.
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.
“Small changes can add up to a big difference,” added Oldenburg. “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.
If your healthcare provider has ever told you that you have prediabetes, you are eligible for the program.
If you are not sure if you have prediabetes, talk with your healthcare provider or contact one of the following Prevent T2 lifestyle coaches, Oldenburg at the Oswego County Health Department, phone 315-349-3587 or [email protected]; Sue Callaway or Sarah Wansink at the Health Education Services Office in the Community Services Division of Oswego Health, 315-349-5513 or [email protected] or [email protected]; Shane Hoey or Jim Karasek at ARISE at 315-342-4088 or [email protected] or [email protected], to see if you are eligible.
You can also take the screening questionnaire at www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/prediabetes-type2/index.html