If you are an Ohio University employee who has pre-diabetes or is at risk of developing diabetes, you may be eligible for a free yearlong lifestyle-change program that has been shown to significantly reduce the likelihood of the disease’s onset.
The incidence of type 2 diabetes is high nationwide, and particularly so in Appalachian regions such as southeastern Ohio. It can bring with it many serious health complications, so for people who have pre-diabetes or are at risk, preventing its onset is well worth the effort.
Starting Jan. 26 the Diabetes Institute, an institute of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, and University Medical Associates Diabetes and Endocrine Care will begin offering classes in Athens in Prevent T2, a Centers for Disease Control-recognized national program to prevent type 2 diabetes.
Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that those who follow this program can lower their chances of developing diabetes by up to 58 percent. People who sign up for it will get help from lifestyle coaches to meet the goals of losing at least 7 percent of their body weight and increasing their physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week. Support, education and tools will be provided for one full year.
By answering a few questions on a pre-diabetes risk screening test, you can quickly determine if you’re a good candidate for the Prevent T2 program. Meetings take place on Thursdays from 5:30-7 p.m. in room 150 of the university’s Human Resources and Training Center at 169 W. Union St. in Athens. They are scheduled a week to two weeks apart for the first half of the year, then once a month for the second half. To get the most benefit from the program, participants need to attend all the sessions.