CARLISLE — Registration is now open for a free program that helps persons who are pre-diabetic reduce their chances of developing diabetes.
The Town of Carlisle is hosting “Prevent T2” which is described in a flier advertising it as “a CDC-recognized, lifestyle change program designed to help people who are pre-diabetic cut their risk in half for developing type 2 diabetes. This program is also referred to as the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP).”
The flier advertising Prevent T2 lists the following qualifications for participation in the program:
• Having elevated blood sugar or “borderline” diabetes”
• Having have gestational diabetes
• Having a family history of diabetes and being overweight
• Having A1C between 5.7-6.4 percent.
• Having a fasting plasma glucose between 100-12 mg/dl.
• Being at risk via the CDC Pre-diabetes Screening
The flier also lists the main goals of the program for participants:
• Lost 5-7 percent of their starting body weight
• Work up to 150 minutes of physical activity per week
• Learn how to eat healthy by tracking daily caloric and fat intake
• Cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half
As for why addressing pre-diabetes before it can develop into diabetes is important, the flier states that:
• Pre-diabetes is 100 percent reversible
• 9 out of 10 people with pre-diabetes don’t know they have it.
• If left untreated, 30 percent of people with pre-diabetes can develop type 2 diabetes within five years.
• Complications from type 2 include: blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, and lower extremities.
The program consists of 16 sessions once a week followed by eight monthly sessions. Each session lasts one hour and are taught by a CDC- (Centers for Disease Control) trained coach.
Persons interested in participating in the program can call the Carlisle Town Hall at 864-427-1505 or Maxine Spencer at 864-427-2262.
Registration for the program ends Friday (July 14).
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.