The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) was designed by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce the occurrence of diabetes type 2. The goal is to identify individuals at risk and provide education on lifestyle changes that include healthy eating and physical activity.
According to the 2014 National Diabetes Statistical Report, 86 million Americans have prediabetes. Of those 86 million, 9 out 10 don’t even know they have it. Prediabetes is often the precursor of diabetes type 2; it starts with higher than normal blood sugars and completely asymptomatic.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease characterized by lack of insulin (a hormones secreted by the pancreas that helps store sugar into the cells after digestion) or insulin that does not work properly. Over time, constant high glucose levels in the blood lead to chronic health conditions damaging most body systems. Diabetes presents in many forms, diabetes type 1 (also called juvenile diabetes) usually diagnosed early in life, gestational diabetes (affects woman during pregnancy) and diabetes type 2, also known as adult-onset diabetes.
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With prediabetes on the rise, many health organizations are promoting community screenings to identify those at risk and be able to catch them early enough to halt the progression to DM type 2. Some of these risk factors include age, body mass index, level of physical activity, history of close relatives like parents or siblings with DM type 2, giving birth to a baby that weighted more than 9 pounds and previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes.
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If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes we have great news for you! Prediabetes can be reversed. Following the National Diabetes Prevention Program can help you optimize your health. If you live in Miami Dade and/or Broward you can benefit by attending sessions/classes at AR Development Solutions. ARDS for short, have tailored the CDC approved curriculum to the community it serves. The program is delivered in person in English and Spanish. Also, since our community is very diverse we include cooking tips on a great variety of ethnic dishes. During this year long program you will receive the tools to necessary for success. In the initial assessment participants receive a full assessment that will be used to monitor progress. Trained lifestyle coaches will provide education on healthy eating, choosing the best option while eating out, managing stress and daily exercise routines. During the first six months participants will meet weekly with the coach and during the last six months visits are on a monthly basis.