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The Diabetes Prevention Program

Who is at risk for Type 2 diabetes?

Receiving a diagnosis of pre-diabetes can be an unexpected wake-up call.  Research shows that people with prediabetes often develop diabetes within 10 years. Lifestyle changes are key to helping delay or even prevent your condition from becoming Type 2 diabetes

Registered by the Centers of Disease Control as a Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program, Winthrop’s program follows the guidelines of the National Diabetes Prevention Program

Successful change is carried out in small steps over time. As part of Winthrop’s program you will receive personalized support in a small group setting over one year to help you meet your goals.

How Do I Know if I Have Prediabetes?

Several tests can determine if you have pre-diabetes:

Fasting Glucose Test
This test measures your blood glucose at least eight hours after your last meal or snack. Most often, this test is conducted first thing in the morning in a laboratory.  If your fasting blood glucose test measures between100 and 125 mg/dl, you have pre-diabetes. If it rises to 126 mg/dl or higher, you have diabetes.

A1C Test
This test shows your average blood glucose over the past three months. It can be taken any time of the day is reported as a percentage. If your A1C test measures between 5.7 to 6.4%, you have pre-diabetes. If the result is 6.5% or higher, you have diabetes.

Oral Glucose Tolerance Test
Like the fasting glucose test, the oral glucose tolerance test also requires you to have your blood glucose checked after fasting, but it is tested again after drinking a sweet beverage. If your oral blood glucose tolerance test measures between 140 and 199 mg/dl two hours after drinking a sweet beverage, you have pre-diabetes. If the result is 200 mg/dl or higher, you have diabetes.

Who can attend the Winthrop Diabetes Prevention Program?

If you are at least 18 years old, cverweight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 24 (or greater than 22 if Asian) AND have a diagnosis of prediabetes based on one of the tests described above.

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If you are at least 18 years old and have a history of Gestational Diabetes

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If you score 9 or higher on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Prediabetes Risk Test

Changing Habits and Continuing Them Over Time Can be Challenging

This FREE program offered in the day or evening includes:

  • 16 weekly sessions
  • 6 monthly support sessions
  • A trained Lifestyle Coach who is a Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietitian or Registered Nurse.

Individual Sessions

For those who chose not to attend the group program and prefer individual sessions for diabetes prevention, sessions can be scheduled with a Registered Dietitian. There is a fee for the individual session diabetes prevention program.