With nearly 1 out of 3 Americans pre-diabetic and not aware of their condition, it is imperative that we begin taking a stand now in the fight against type 2 diabetes. Further, nearly 40% of NC residents have not had their blood sugar checked within the past year and may not even know they are at risk. Not only does diabetes cause major health complications and high medical costs, but people who develop type 2 diabetes can lose as many as 15 years of life.
The diabetes prevention program consists of 16 group classes and multiple one-on-one support sessions with a trained lifestyle coach. By the end of the program participants will know how to:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Prepare simple, healthy meals
- Find time to be physically active
To find a diabetes prevention program near you visit diabetesfreenc.com.
If you’re unsure of whether you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes take this free online screening in the video below:
- Diabetes Free NC
- Paper prediabetes screening tool
- National Diabetes Prevention Program
- North Carolina Diabetes Strategic Plan 2011-2015
Developed by NC Division of Public Health to identify statewide strategies for the prevention and management of diabetes
- Diabetes at Work
- Free Risk Test for Diabetes