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According to the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), they are estimating that at least 7.7% (or 335,000) of Indiana adults, were told by a doctor or other health professional that they have prediabetes.
Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have higher than normal blood glucose levels, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. If you have prediabetes, you are at a high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Within the next five years, 15-30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes. Once a person has been diagnosed with diabetes, it can be managed, but it never goes away.
The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), led by the CDC, is offered to help people make necessary lifestyle changes. The program was designed and piloted in Indiana by the Indiana University School of Medicine, and has proven to prevent and/or delay Type 2 diabetes. This program helped people cut their risk for diabetes in half!
In this year-long program, participants work with a trained "Lifestyle Coach" in a group-like setting to set personal goals, learn how to eat healthy, add daily physical activity, stay motivated, and problem solve issues that can get in the way of making healthy lifestyle changes. Each class meets for one hour:
There are only two goals: