One in three American adults has prediabetes. If you have prediabetes, you are at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, a serious disease.
Also, those diagnosed with prediabetes and diabetes are at greater risk for additional chronic diseases including heart disease and stroke. Many people with prediabetes who do not lose weight or do moderate physical activity can develop Type 2 diabetes within five years.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, and Georgia Department of Public Health, or DPH, show that in Forsyth County, 11% of the adult population has been diagnosed with diabetes —equal with Georgia’s state diabetes rate. Moreover, 6.5% of the Georgia adult population have undiagnosed diabetes.
You may have prediabetes and be at risk for type 2 diabetes if you:
• Are 45 years of age or older;
• Are overweight;
• Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;
• Are physically active fewer than 3 times per week;
• Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.
You are the most important reasons to stay healthy in 2020. If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, or are 18 years or older, and have a Body Mass Index, or BMI, above 24Kg/m2, you can make healthy changes and prevent type 2 diabetes.
Between 2000 and 2010, diabetes prevalence among adults in Georgia increased by 43%.
The fortunate news is that you can prevent Type 2 diabetes. The PreventT2 lifestyle change program, offered by University of Georgia Extension beginning in January 2020, can help. PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the CDC, and is proven to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes.
In PreventT2, Barbara Worley, a UGA Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agent and Diabetes lifestyle coach, will help you to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes.
These include losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress. You will learn to eat healthy, add physical activity to your life, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes.
If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, PreventT2 offers an outstanding chance to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes by helping you adopt a healthier lifestyle.
The PreventT2 program is based on research that found people with prediabetes can cut their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in half by losing 5 to 7% of their body weight. That is about 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds. PreventT2 offers an environment where participants will learn to eat better and be more active with like individuals who share common goals.
An information session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the UGA Extension Office located at 5110 Piney Grove Road in Cumming.
To register for the information session, contact Sharon Machek at 770-887-2418, Ext. 2333 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to register is Jan. 17, 2020. Enroll today because space is limited.
For additional information on health, nutrition and food safety, contact University of Georgia Extension in Forsyth County at 770-887-2418 or online at ugaextension.org/county-offices/forsyth.html.
Forsyth County Extension is supported by The University of Georgia, Forsyth County Government, Forsyth County Board of Education and United Way of Forsyth County.
Barbara Worley is the Family and Consumer Sciences agent for the UGA Extension Forsyth County.