Diane B.

Take Action to Reverse Prediabetes through Education

Recent research by the CDC reports that half of people over age 65 are living with prediabetes, often unknowingly. Prediabetes means your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. Without acting, many people with prediabetes may eventually develop type 2 diabetes, compromising their health and ability to remain independent.

Fortunately, prediabetes can be reversed if you act sooner rather than later. That’s what Diane did. She enrolled in Sun Health’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) one month after her diagnosis. “I saw information about the class in Sun Health’s LiveWell publication,” she said. “Enrolling in the DPP classes was absolutely worthwhile.”

Diane attended DPP classes over the course of the year; a commitment she made for her long-term health. “I was impressed with the instructor’s knowledge and expertise,” she says. “The information was well organized so I could digest it and not feel overwhelmed.”

The knowledge she gained about nutrition, activity levels and stress management have already made a difference. “My husband and I are more aware of overall nutrition and eating the appropriate things throughout the day,” says Diane. “We’ve started going to the gym routinely. And because we travel a lot, I appreciated information on how to handle vacations, holidays, and special events.”

Diane recently returned from a cruise where she put her new skills to work. “In years past, I would typically gain eight to 10 pounds during a vacation trip,” she said. “This time I did not. I made smart choices including getting at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. It wasn’t painful to do, and I didn’t feel deprived in any way.”

She is already seeing the benefits. Her A1c level has decreased, her energy level has increased, and she has lost eight pounds. “I would strongly recommend the DPP classes,” Diane says. “I now I have the knowledge to have a lifestyle that is more sustainable.”

Like Diane, you can reduce your risk of developing diabetes by arming yourself with information through Sun Health’s Prediabetes Prevention Program, which is covered by most insurances. For more information call (623) 471-9355.

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