According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of Americans are unaware that they have prediabetes or diabetes. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the US. If unmanaged, it can cause life-altering symptoms such as blindness, limb amputations, and kidney failure.
The good news is that you CAN take steps to prevent T2 or manage your diabetes with healthy lifestyle changes.
We can help you take charge of your health
Prevent T2 is a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention program based upon proven strategies to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. The format of the class allows you to interact with your instructor and classmates. You’ll be able to work through challenges together as a group and celebrate each other’s successes.
If you are living with diabetes, we can help
The Wellness Center’s Thrive is a medically supervised program that transitions participants from more acute phases of chronic disease management to wellness. The program may include supervised exercise, nutritional counseling, chronic disease education, self-management strategies and action planning to meet your wellness goals.
If you need more inspiration, meet Justin Weltz, a 29-year-old at 320 pounds whose medical provider informed him that he was diabetic. If changes were not made, he could lose his life. Justin joined the Thrive Program and made huge strides towards improving his health, even no-longer needing medication to manage his disease.
Ask your healthcare provider if Thrive is right for you.
What is Prediabetes?
Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Approximately 84 million American adults—more than 1 out of 3—have prediabetes. Of those with prediabetes, 90% don’t know they have it. Prediabetes puts you at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
What is Type 2 Diabetes (T2)?
Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that affects how your body turns food into energy.
Most of the food you eat is broken down into sugar (also called glucose) and released into your bloodstream. Your pancreas makes a hormone called insulin, which acts like a key to let the blood sugar into your body’s cells for use as energy.
If you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use the insulin it makes as well as it should. When there isn’t enough insulin or cells stop responding to insulin, too much blood sugar stays in your bloodstream, which over time can cause serious health problems, such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease.
Learn more about diabetes at cdc.gov.