Thursday, May 9, 2019

LVH-Schuylkill to Offer Free Program for Those at Risk for Developing Diabetes

Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Schuylkill is offering a free multi-week program geared to help people at risk for developing diabetes. 

It’s part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, a free, lifestyle-change program designed to help individuals prevent or delay onset of type 2 diabetes. Programs will be offered at LVH–Schuylkill S. Jackson Street campus beginning June 4.

“One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater,” says Joan Loudy, RN, a certified clinical diabetes educator at LVH–Schuylkill.

To better accommodate people’s schedules, LVH–Schuylkill is offering two course options, one begins June 4 and a second track begins August 7.

LVH–Schuylkill’s diabetes educators have been trained as lifestyle coaches and will work with participants to learn skills to make lasting changes such as – losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active or managing stress.

To register, participants should call 888-402-LVHN (5846).

“Participants learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes,” says Loudy.

The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

People with prediabetes – higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels – are five to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 3 years if they do not take steps to prevent it.

The program consists of 12 weekly sessions followed by four bi-weekly sessions and additional monthly sessions. There are certain requirements for the program. LVH–Schuylkill clinical diabetes educators can give more information or register those who are eligible.

Research shows that modest behavior changes, such as making better food choices and increasing physical activity, reduces the risk for developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people at high-risk for this disease. The National Diabetes Prevention Program, a program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, brings together federal agencies, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, employers, insurers, health care professionals, academia, and other stakeholders to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes among people with prediabetes. 

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