While many are familiar with type 2 diabetes, fewer are aware of prediabetes, a serious health condition that affects over 2.6 million Michiganders (more than 1 in 3) and often leads to type 2 diabetes. To help curb this epidemic, the Diabetes Prevention Center, a division of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, will offer the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in Ann Arbor:
University of MI North Campus Research Center (NCRC)
Building 200, 2800 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Information session: Thursday, September 27, 2018, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
First class: Thursday, October 4, 2018, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Medicare Parts B and C now cover DPP for its members who qualify. Other insurers may cover DPP andadditional payment options are available. To find out if you qualify or for questions, please attend the information session on September 27, visit www.ReadySetPrevent.org, or call the Diabetes Prevention Center at 800-482-1455.
The evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program is a yearlong program designed for people with prediabetes or at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, with the goal that participants will adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. All eligible participants will receive a month-long pass to Liberty Athletic Club in Ann Arbor after completing at least four DPP sessions.
Diabetes Prevention Program workshops are led by trained lifestyle coaches during weekly one-hour group sessions and eight monthly sessions that follow. 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. 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.
“I am no longer prediabetic and my doctor is thrilled,” states Ann Arbor resident John Cady, age 52, who finished the workshop this year. “I recommend this to anyone wanting to avoid the dangerous and difficult prospect of diabetes. You can get your blood sugar back to normal and this program will get you there in a way tailored to you.”
People with prediabetes often have no symptoms. To find out if you have prediabetes or if you are at risk for it, you can:
- call the Diabetes Prevention Center at 800-482-1455.
- take the risk test at www.ReadySetPrevent.org. The risk test will also be provided at the information session.
- ask your doctor to tell you if you are at risk for diabetes. If you do not have a doctor because you do not have health care coverage, consider applying for health care coverage, including Medicaid, through your local Department of Health and Human Services office. You can also apply online atwww.mibridges.michigan.govor call 1-855-789-5610.
To RSVP or for more information, visit www.ReadySetPrevent.org or call 800-482-1455.