Prevent type 2 diabetes with Tri-County Health Department's Diabetes Prevention Program.
What is Tri-County Health Department's (TCHD) Diabetes Prevention Program?
The program is a free 16 week workshop followed by monthly maintenance for a year to help you become more active and lose a moderate amount of weight. Our trained Lifestyle Coaches can give you the skills to prevent diabetes. The program is a free 16 week workshop followed by monthly maintenance for a year to help you become more active and lose a moderate amount of weight. Our trained Lifestyle Coaches can give you the skills to prevent diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidenced based program from the Centers for Disease Control. Please click here for more information.
Learn how to:
Talk back to negative thoughts
Control your portions
Find your healthy weight
Move your muscles
Jump start your routine
Being part of a group provides support from other people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes you are. Together you can celebrate successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have type 2 diabetes, your body can't use its own insulin as well as it should and sugar builds up in your blood.
Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition. It can lead to health issues such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet or legs.
What is Prediabetes?
Prediabetes is a blood glucose (sugar) level that is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. One in three American adults has prediabetes, and most do not even know they have it. If you have prediabetes and do not lose weight or do moderate physical activity, you may develop type 2 diabetes within three years.
Am I at Risk for Prediabetes or Type 2 Diabetes?
You are at an increased risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:
Are 45 years of age or older
Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
Are physically active fewer than 3 times per week or
Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.
If you think you may be at risk, a health care provider can do a blood test to see if you have diabetes or prediabetes.
Can I Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?
Yes! Hearing your doctor say "You're at risk for type 2 diabetes" or "You have prediabetes" means you can start preventing type 2 diabetes today. And you do not have to do it alone.
Finding TCHD's Diabetes Prevention Program was your first step on that journey. If you have prediabetes, now is the time for prevention. TCHD's Diabetes Prevention Program can help you take charge of your health to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.