Prevention program helping people with prediabetes

Prevention program helping people with prediabetes

Eighty-six million Americans have prediabetes. That's one out of every three adults.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is partnering with organizations around the country to tackle the disease with prevention programs.

Michael Fields exercises more since receiving a daunting diagnosis.

"My doctor advised me I needed to start changing my lifestyle like I was prediabetic," Fields said.

He also signed up for the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program. It's for prediabetics who are one step shy of developing Type 2 diabetes.

"It's a 25-class support group and we talk about various things from healthy eating, eating out, counting your fat grams to stress levels," Fields explained.

The CDC-approved curriculum has two main goals - increase exercise to 150 minutes per week and reduce bodyweight by five to seven percent.

Since starting the program, Nancy Shia said she's more aware of what she eats.

"Focusing on what you're eating is the most important thing, where you know how many calories you're taking in," she said.

She's getting results.

"The biggest result I've found is in my blood pressure," Shia said. "After losing about five pounds it started to become normal and it's pretty normal now."

Research done by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found this program can reduce new cases of type two diabetes by 58 percent and by 71 percent in people of age 60.

But 90 percent of people with prediabetes don't know they have it. So when you visit the doctor, be your own advocate.

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