TakeCare Insurance will offer a “PreventT2” program to prevent type 2 diabetes, the organization said.
Under the guidance of a trained lifestyle trainer, groups of participants learn lifestyle skills such as losing weight, being active and coping with stress.
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According to the press release, people with prediabetes, defined as people with above-average blood sugar levels, are five to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people with healthy blood sugar levels.
Many people with prediabetes can be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within five years.
“One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater,” said Ernest Aquino, team leader, wellness and fitness programs at TakeCare.
PreventT2 groups meet weekly for the first three months and twice a month for the next nine months to maintain lifestyle changes.
“I was able to lose weight, lower my blood sugar levels, and get off a handful of medications,” said Debbie Duenas, a former PreventT2 participant. “I am very grateful for this program and the support I have from the other participants and coaches.”
The Guam course is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Small changes can make a big difference,” said Duenas. “In cooperation with a trained lifestyle coach who offers advice, the PreventT2 participants make changes together.”
The local program runs from February 20th from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and takes place in the TakeCare Wellness Center in the Baltej Pavilion.
Space is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. Lessons can take place virtually in Microsoft teams.
TakeCare members can sign up for the program for free. Non-TakeCare members pay $ 100.
To sign up for the program, visit http://tiny.cc/tcwellnessreferral or contact Ernest Aquino, Wellness and Fitness Programs Team Leader, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 727-5713, or 300-7161.