Sharp Rees-Stealy Diabetes Prevention Program
What is prediabetes?
Prediabetes means a person's blood sugar levels are higher than normal. Without lifestyle changes, prediabetes puts you at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
Who benefits from this program?
The Sharp Rees-Stealy Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based lifestyle change program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The program is free to Sharp Rees-Stealy patients and provides you with access to a skilled lifestyle coach and 12 months of support in a friendly group setting.
Are you at risk for diabetes?
One in three Americans do not know they have prediabetes. You are at increased risk for prediabetes if you:
- Have a family history of Type 2 diabetes
- Are overweight
- Get little to no exercise in a typical day
- Are over 45 years old
- Have had gestational diabetes or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
If you think you may be at risk, take the risk test (PDF). Your primary care physician can do a blood test to determine if you have prediabetes.
How can we help you?
Behavior change through our diabetes program has helped people with prediabetes reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by half.
Moderate lifestyle changes, along with losing 5 to 7 percent of body weight, reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in those with prediabetes, according to research by the CDC's Diabetes Prevention Program.
What will you learn?
A skilled lifestyle leader will provide coaching to help you:
- Develop healthy eating habits
- Increase physical activity
- Reduce stress
- Reinforce positive coping skills
- Build a support network
Classes may include healthy snacks, incentives for participation and health and wellness expert guest speakers.
What is the program schedule and location?
Our program offers one year of support. The group meets weekly for the first four months, twice a month for the next two months and monthly for the last six months. At each session you will learn and practice healthy lifestyle skills in a supportive group environment. Classes are offered throughout San Diego County and online.
How to join.
To register or for more information, call 858-499-2700.
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