Know Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
March 28 is American Diabetes Association Alert Day. This might seem like a very specific day, because it is! It has a very specific purpose: to inform the community about diabetes and to get as many people as possible to take the diabetes risk test.
Why is the risk test so important? Because there are no clear symptoms of type 2 diabetes. However, the test can identify those with prediabetes or a high risk for type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to heart attacks, strokes, blindness, kidney failure, and the loss of legs, feet, or toes.
The only way for a person to know his or her risk for type 2 diabetes is to take the test. Once a person knows their risk, they can take the right steps and make healthy choices to reduce that risk. For example, research shows that by losing 5-7% of body weight and exercising moderately for at least 150 minutes a week, a person can decrease their risk by 58%. Those who don’t make lifestyles changes could develop type 2 diabetes within three years.
Throughout our Healthcare Alliance, we don’t just focus on treating current injuries and illness; we’re committed to reducing our workforce’s risk of disease. That’s why we’re so passionate about Diabetes Alert Day, and it’s why we support diabetes education like the Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program.
The Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program
Each of our member hospitals (St. Rita’s Medical Center, Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, Mercer Health, and Van Wert County Hospital) offer this program as a service to employers. It’s open to anyone who has prediabetes or other risk factors for type 2 diabetes.
The program is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The program features a proven approach to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
As part of a group, participants work with their peers and trained lifestyle coaches to learn the skills needed to make lasting lifestyle changes. They learn to eat healthy, add physical activity to their lives, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy living.
The program meets once a week for 16 weeks, then once a month for six months, to help participants maintain their healthy lifestyle changes. By meeting with others who have a risk for diabetes, they can celebrate each other’s successes and work together to overcome obstacles.
The Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program is offered at various times throughout the year. If you’re interested in registering or learning more, please contact our Account Executives.