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Powell Valley Healthcare offering type 2 diabetes prevention program

Community news | Thursday, February 13, 2020

Contact: Jim Cannon

Powell Valley Healthcare is starting a Prevent T2 program to help prevent or at least delay the onset of type 2 diabetes for anyone concerned about developing diabetes or who already knows they have pre-diabetes. The program begins March 17 and takes place in the conference room at the hospital. PVHC’s diabetic educators will lead the program and they include Tina Braet-Thomas, Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetic Educator, and Certified Lifestyle Coach; Jill O’Donnell, Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetic Educator; and Mary Neil, Registered Dietitian and Certified Lifestyle Coach.

The Prevent T2 program is an evidence-based diabetes prevention program with proven results. It can reduce the risk of you developing diabetes by 58% and if you are over 60, it can reduce your risk by 71%. The program requires a one year commitment and the diabetic educators provide support throughout the year to help you reach your goals and stop the onset of diabetes. “The Prevent T2 program focuses on lifestyle changes and helps people find ways to increase physical activity, decrease caloric intake and reduce their total body weight by 5 to 7 percent,” said Tina Braet-Thomas. “There has been a lot of research on diabetes prevention and the Prevent T2 program works effectively”, said Braet-Thomas.

Key facts: In the US, over 30 million people currently have diabetes and another 86 million people have pre-diabetes, most of whom do not know they have it (according to the Centers for Disease Control). In Wyoming, 9% of people have been told by their doctor that they have diabetes (according to the Wyoming Department of Health). Anyone over age 45 is at risk of developing type 2 diabetes and the risk increases as we age. You are at risk if you have someone in your family who has or had diabetes. Women who have had gestational diabetes or who had a baby weighing 9 pounds or more at birth are at risk. Also, anyone who has a sedentary lifestyle with little physical activity or who is overweight is at risk of developing diabetes.

If you think you might have pre-diabetes or would like to learn more about the Prevent T2 program, please call us at 754-2267, extension 3604.