Posted at: 08/30/2013 5:38 PM
Updated at: 08/30/2013 6:12 PM
By: Benita Zahn
Are you sedentary, overweight, have high blood pressure, older than 45- do you have a family history of diabetes, have low HDL - the so called good cholesterol, a woman who had gestational diabetes or delivered a baby over 9 pounds? The more of these you answer yes to, the greater your risk of developing type two diabetes and may already be pre-diabetes.
"Well they get a lot of support to make some small but very significant changes that can seriously reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes" says Lisa Ferretti, LMSW.
She's with U-Albany and she's talking about a new partnership with the state health department to get the New York State Diabetes Prevention Program into the community. The program is free and it's got a good track record in other states.
For more info on the program go to www.ceacw.org
" When they take the program they reduce their risk of developing type two diabetes by somewhere between 58 and 71% so it's a pretty significant risk reduction. "
Signing up for the program means you commit to meeting with your group and a lifestyle coach an hour a week for 16 weeks and then once a month for an hour. All meetings are in public sites and at various times to accommodate your schedule.
"The length of the program really helps people get those lifestyle changes in place so they can carry them out after they're out of the program. "
The next round of classes begin the second week of September. The program is supported by a grant from the CDC.