Your patient may be eligible to participate in the University of Nebraska Medical Center Diabetes Prevention Program at EngAge Wellness. The one-year program is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is a proven lifestyle change intervention that has been shown to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in high-risk patients.
UNMC's Diabetes Prevention Program is based on research examining the effects of structured lifestyle change interventions. The research showed that weight loss of 5 to 7 percent of body weight, achieved by reducing calories and increasing physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week, reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people at high risk for the disease. For people over 60 years old, the program reduced risk by 71 percent. A follow-up study found, after 10 years, those who had participated in the earlier lifestyle change intervention had a 34 percent lower rate of type 2 diabetes.
Participants meet in groups with a trained lifestyle coach once a week for 16 weeks and then once a month for 8 months to learn ways to incorporate healthier eating, moderate physical activity, problem-solving and coping skills into their daily lives.
In addition, patients participating in the Diabetes Prevention Program are given the option of a discounted three-month introductory trial participation in the EngAge Wellness program (if they are not already a participant), where they receive an individualized fitness program.