Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in South Carolina. Currently, there are an estimated 300,000-350,000 people living with diabetes in our state, and many are unaware that they have the disease. To help reduce the risk for our neighbors, Prisma Health offers a community diabetes education and prevention program.
To learn more and join our program, contact us at 803-296-3070.
Beolia Doctor of Columbia is in her 70s, but that doesn’t hold her back from being healthy. After successfully going through Palmetto Health’s Diabetes Prevention Program, she rediscovered her love of running and reached new heights.
The Prisma Health Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is available to help adults with a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is twice as common among African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and Asian-Americans.
This yearlong program is part of a national curriculum from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lifestyle coaches meet with small groups for 16 weeks and monthly thereafter. Sessions are available at convenient times and routine measurements are done throughout the program. A recent diabetes screening is required for eligibility.
Diabetes prevention programs recognized as part of the National Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program use lifestyle change interventions that target improving diet, increasing physical activity and achieving moderate weight loss. Participants must be nondiabetic and either at risk or diagnosed with prediabetes. The goal for each participant is to lose five to seven percent of their initial body weight by:
Since 2013, Prisma Health’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) has more than doubled in participation. More than two-thirds (71.4%) of participants achieved measurable improvements in three or more indicators and saw a decrease in their hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c). For more information, call Prisma Health’s Office of Community Health at 803-296-3070.
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October 11, 2019