Diabetes prevention program available

ESCANABA – Are you carrying around extra pounds that you want to get rid of? Is your health suffering because of your weight? Do your knees hurt or are you having problems doing things you want to do because of your weight? Have your blood sugar levels started to rise but you don’t yet have diabetes?

Diabetes Prevention Program classes are forming in many parts of the U.P. (Negaunee, Humbolt Township, Escanaba, Hannahville, Iron Mountain, Menominee, Munising and L’Anse) to help participants lose weight and take charge of your health. Many of the programs are being offered at no charge to participants.

The Diabetes Prevention Program has been shown to help people at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes lose weight and avoid getting diabetes. Avoiding getting diabetes will save you money; health care costs are about two times higher for people with diabetes than those without diabetes. Diabetes is also linked with more heart attacks, strokes, blindness and kidney damage; help keep your body healthy by joining a Diabetes Prevention Program.

The Diabetes Prevention Program meets once a week for 16 weeks. Monthly follow-up meetings are offered after than. Each class is one hour long.

As estimated one out of three adults and 50 percent of seniors are at high risk for developing diabetes; they have prediabetes – most don’t even know they have a problem. If you are overweight and not very active, the Diabetes Prevention weight loss program may be for you. This is especially true if you have a close family member with diabetes, have high blood pressure, have blood fats (cholesterol and triglycerides) that are not normal or, if a woman, have a history of gestational diabetes.

For more details about the Diabetes Prevention Program, call 2-1-1. This program is brought to you by UPCAP, the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network, Public Health Delta-Menominee, OSF St. Francis, Northern Lights YMCA – Delta and Dickinson Counties, Marquette YMCA, Greater Marinette-Menominee YMCA,MSU Extension, Munising Memorial Hospital, Baraga County Memorial Hospital, UP Health System – Portage and Hannahville Tribal Community.