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Weigh less, live more prevent type 2 diabetes

About 1.8 million adults in Washington has prediabetes and are at significant risk for developing type 2 diabetes and most people with prediabetes don’t even know they have it, according to the Grays Harbor County WSU Extension office.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program through Washington State University Extension offers an evidence-based program that can help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes through lifestyle changes for people at risk.

Participants might be able to enroll as a covered benefit through their employer health benefits or through limited scholarships available through a grant provided by the federal government. The program goal is for participants to lose 5-7 percent of their body weight by attending 16 group classes led by a trained lifestyle coach. The program covers a variety of lifestyle topics including; healthy eating habits, motivation techniques, how to incorporate light physical activity and manage stress. Results have shown that by making modest changes the program can reduce the number of new type 2 diabetes cases by up to 71 percent. Participants could also save on healthcare costs by reducing their risk of associated conditions, including heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs. Nationwide implementation of the program could save the U.S. health care system $5.7 billion.

Participants receive a free workbook and tracking tools to help manage their progress. The group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar lifestyle challenges. “Washington State University Extension is excited to bring the National DPP to communities in Washington,” said Shirley Calodich, Program Manager. “By giving people at risk for type 2 diabetes the opportunity to work with a trained lifestyle coach and benefit from the experiences of their peers, we are helping to improve health and well-being in Washington in a way that is achievable and sustainable.”

To participate in Washington’s State Diabetes Prevention Program, a person must have a Body Mass Index greater than 25 and be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. To find out if you’re at risk visit and take the risk quiz or call Chris Koehler at the Grays Harbor County WSU Extension officel, 360-482-2934.