Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Program offered locally
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. With the rise in people diagnosed with diabetes, there is an ongoing need for education.
More than 84 million adults in the U.S. (or 1 in 3 people) have prediabetes, and 90% of them don’t even know they have it. According to the CDC, up to 70 percent of Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented or delayed with healthier lifestyles.
Josh Ohrtman, The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacist and Clinical Services, says, “Prediabetes is a blood sugar level where the patient is not quite at the diabetes state but their blood sugar level is more elevated than say a person that is not in the prediabetes category. (It’s) usually determined by a physician or a blood sugar level reading in a clinic office. Unfortunately most people don’t feel that they have the condition, and that is kinda what makes it such a dangerous and silent epidemic in our country.”
Although diabetes is manageable it can lead to bigger problems in the future.
Ohrtman says, “Pretty much all systems of the body are effected by high blood glucose levels and that is what can predispose a patient to having a higher risk of complications from stroke, heart disease, heart attacks, things like that, kidney disease.”
There are some predisposition factors to type 2 diabetes like obesity, hypertension and family history — but no one is off the hook completely.
The good news is lifestyle modifications can aid in prevention.
The National Diabetes Prevention Program let by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, uses a method proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes called Prevent T2 Program, which the Medicine Shoppe will begin this week, implementing realistic life changes.
Brittany Smith, The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy Tech and Life Coach, says, “You think diet and exercise when you think about not developing diabetes, but stress management is very important too, keeping motivated, and having that support there which is I think one of the major factors in the group and what it has to offer people.”
The movement is offering a way for the community to be more aware of the risk.
“We are really looking forward to implementing the program and helping in the community,” says Smith.
The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy will be starting a Prevent T2 program this winter at no cost. A ‘Q & A’ session will be held Friday, November 22nd. You can call the Pharmacy at 605-348-6305 for more information.
Click here for link to a prediabetes risk test.