Our doctors … and our mothers … have told us over and over again to eat our fruits and vegetables, cut down on the sugar and get exercise. It’s good for you.
Eating right and keeping active helps prevent type 2 diabetes as well as kidney disease, heart attack and stroke.
In Michigan, and Detroit, specifically, diabetes is a major threat. In our state, it is estimated more than 2.6 million adults have prediabetes, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. That’s one out of every three of us, and it often leads to type 2 diabetes.
The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan has an answer. It is offering its My Choice. . . My Health: Diabetes Prevention Program in communities across metro Detroit. My Choice. . . My Health is a 16-week program designed for those at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The goal is to help people maintain a healthy lifestyle.
“Prevention is key,” says Dr. Art Franke, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan senior vice president and chief science officer. “Research shows that once people are aware that they have prediabetes, they are much more likely to make the necessary lifestyle changes to prevent health risks, including type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, heart attack and stroke.
“We are bringing My Choice. . . My Health to several communities throughout metro Detroit because of the high levels of prediabetes in the area, and this proactive program has proven to make a difference.”
So how do you know if you have prediabetes and type 2 diabetes? Here are some things to check. If you:
- Are 45 years of age or older
- Are overweight
- Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
- Are physically active fewer than three times per week
- Have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
Not to scare you but people with prediabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes — are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with prediabetes can be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within 5 years.
Here’s how the program works.
My Choice. . . My Health workshops are led by trained lifestyle coaches during weekly one-hour group sessions and eight monthly sessions that follow. You’ll learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to your routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes.
Best of all you’ll have company. It’s always easier to do things like this in a group.
The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.
Here’s a list of upcoming workshop locations and information session dates. My Choice. . . My Health is offered at no cost to those who qualify.
- DMC – Sinai Grace Hospital, Detroit, MI Information session: Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016; 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
- Joe Ellison Community Center, Detroit, MI Information session: Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016; 10-11 a.m.
- Ypsilanti Township Recreation Center, Ypsilanti, MI Information session: Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016; 1-2 p.m.
- Henry Ford Medical Center – Detroit Northwest, Detroit, MI Information session: Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016; 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- Center for Active Adults, South Lyon, MI Information session: Monday, Sept. 12, 2016; 2-3 p.m.
- University of Michigan Health Center, Livonia, MI Information session: Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016; 6-7 p.m.
- Faith Christian Assembly, Melvindale, MI Information session: Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016; 6-7 p.m.
- St. John Providence Community Health, Southfield, MI Information session: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016; 3-4 p.m.
For those who are interested in participating in a workshop, a doctor can tell you if you are at risk for diabetes, or you can find out your risk via the risk test at www.nkfm.org/dpp. This risk test will also be provided at the information session.
To register and for a complete list of workshops, visit www.nkfm.org/dpp or contact the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan at 800-482-1455.