Diabetes Prevention Program

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 14:50 -- Clinton Terry

We are pleased to announce the starting date for our next nationally-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). The next group begins Monday, January 10, 2022. Classes are Mondays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. DPP groups meet for a year--weekly at first then every other week for the first 6 months, then once or twice a month for the second 6 months. Medicare does cover the cost of this program.


In the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP),participants diagnosed with prediabetes work in a group with trained health professionals to learn the skills needed to lose weight, become more physically active, and manage stress. The DPP is a program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It's proven to delay onset or reduce the chance of getting type 2 diabetes by 58%.


Those with prediabetes can cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half by losing 5-7 percent of their body weight. This is about 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds.


"Participants in this program are preventing type 2 diabetes by making lasting lifestyle changes," said Suzanne Fleming, MS, RDN, LD, clinical dietitian at McPherson Hospital and an instructor in the program.


Having prediabetes means it's time for prevention. For more information about the upcoming Diabetes Prevention Program, call Suzanne Fleming at 620-241-2251, Ext. 179, or email her at suzannef@mcphersonhospital.org.