Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, is a chronic disease in which there are high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. It is caused by a problem in the way your body makes or uses the hormone insulin.
Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have type 2 diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood. If left undiagnosed or untreated, type 2 diabetes can lead to serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke.
We have two programs that can help:
- If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, or have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, you may be eligible to take part in our free, highly successful National Diabetes Prevention Program, a proven way to prevent type 2 diabetes by making small lifestyle changes. Are you at risk for type 2 diabetes? Take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test!
- The NDPP research study showed that making small behavior changes helped participants lose 5% to 7% of their body weight - that is 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person.
- These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in people with pre-diabetes.
- The program meets for an hour in a small group setting over a year. During the first 6 months of the program, you will meet about once a week; during the second 6 months, you'll meet once or twice a month. Trained lifestyle coaches lead the sessions and help you make small, but important, lifestyle changes that improve your health.
Lifestyle coaches work with you to identify emotions and situations that can stop you from being successful, and the group process encourages participants to share different ways of dealing with challenging situations.
Call us at (845) 364-2651 to see when our next Diabetes Prevention Program is scheduled, and to find out if you are eligible to participate.
Living Well With Diabetes:
- If you are an adult with type 2 diabetes or are a caregiver to someone with type 2 diabetes, and live or work in Rockland County, take part in our free workshop series, Living Well With Diabetes.
- Living Well With Diabetes will help you: understand diabetes and learn how to prevent complications; keep track of your blood sugar; eat healthy; be more physically active; learn relaxation techniques to cope with stress; and take charge of your health.
- The workshop series meets for two and half hours, one day a week for six weeks. Our trained facilitators will help you gain the skills you need to better manage your type 2 diabetes and improve the quality of your life.
Along with the covered topics, group participation and sharing is encouraged. The mutual support and success you get from the group process builds confidence in your ability to manage your health and maintain an active and fulfilling life. You will receive a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, and an audio relaxation tape. Find out how you can benefit from the Diabetes Self Management Program by calling (845) 364-2501.
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