NORMAN, OKLA. – Norman Regional Health System’s Diabetes Education Center is bringing the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention) to Norman, Okla. through funding provided by American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE ).
To learn more about this program, which advocates lifestyle changes, community members can attend one of four informational sessions. Sessions will be held:
To qualify for the DPP, a person must be at high risk for developing diabetes, or have been diagnosed by a physician as someone with prediabetes. To take a quick assessment to if you are at risk, you can go to CDC's DPP website.
One out of three adults lives with prediabetes, most of which are unaware of their condition. If you have prediabetes, you are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people with normal blood glucose (blood sugar) levels. However, type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed with a healthy lifestyle, as evidenced through the NDPP.
National DPP helps those at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating right, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight. In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach facilitates a small group of participants in learning about behavior changes over 16 one-hour sessions. Topics include healthier eating, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated and more. The group helps to motivate and encourage each other. After the initial 16 core sessions, participants meet monthly for additional support to help maintain their progress.
To participate in the NDPP, a person must be overweight and have prediabetes or be at high risk. One does not necessarily need a doctor’s referral. Prediabetes is determined by one of the one of the following blood test results:
In addition, a combination of risk factors such as family history, being overweight or obese, gestational diabetes and inactivity may also put a person at risk and therefore make them eligible for the NDPP.
Norman Regional Diabetes Education Center
The Diabetes Center at Norman Regional offers a variety of programs designed to help patients manage their diabetes. Classes, counseling, insulin pump training and support groups help those with diabetes or those at risk learn to cope with this serious condition. Certified by the American Diabetes Association, the Diabetes Center’s goal is to empower patients through increased knowledge and understanding.