Wednesday, May 1, 2013

One in Three Colorado Adults has Prediabetes

The CDC reports that the vast majority of people with prediabetes are unaware of their condition, making it critical to improve awareness and encourage them to enroll in the Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle change program. (Click here to read the full report).

Eighteen sites offer the Diabetes Prevention Program in Colorado, including the YMCA of Metro Denver (720-524-2747). Two insurance plans in Colorado, UnitedHealthCare and Kaiser Permanente, cover the Diabetes Prevention Program for their members.

To find a DPP site near you, please call 1-800-DIABETES or view the sites offering the DPP in Colorado.

What is the Diabetes Prevention Program?

Taught by trained lifestyle coaches, this 16-week program includes weekly sessions on nutrition and physical activity, such as how to read food labels, how to develop and maintain a healthy diet, and how to deal with stress without overeating. People who lose just 5 – 7 percent of their body weight (10 to 14 pounds for someone weighing 200 pounds) greatly reduce their risk of developing diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program helps them reach this goal by eating healthier and increasing physical activity to a 30 minutes a day, five days a week.

To find out more about the Diabetes Prevention Program, please visit the DPP in Colorado or contact Kelly McCracken at

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