National Diabetes Prevention Program Helps Patients Prevent or Delay Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes is a growing public health issue as more and more Americans are diagnosed with this disease. In 2010, 25.8 million Americans were diagnosed with diabetes. That number jumped to 29.1 million Americans with diabetes in 2012.
The National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based, clinically proven program that uses simple lifestyle changes to help patients prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Some of those changes include diet and exercise.
Lisa and Sanford Miller have almost finished the year long program and feel better than ever. Lisa has lost 22 pounds. Sanford has lost 30 pounds. Neither is diabetic.
"You learn to find food substitutes that work for you.." said Lisa. "Little lifestyle changes add up."
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Small groups meet for 45 minutes and focus on topics such as healthy eating and stress management. Patients have to meet certain criteria in order to be eligible for this free program.
Kristy Merritt - Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital - 901-516-6616
Erin Fontenot - Methodist University Hospital - 901-516-8330