Wyoming health department says free diabetes prevention program shows success

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GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health has announced it will continue to offer adult residents at risk of developing type 2 diabetes a no-cost, home-based virtual prevention program.

Chronic Disease Prevention Program Manager Amber Nolte said in a June 29 news release that participants’ success in the year-long program has had “a huge ripple effect in the quality of life for themselves and their families.”

The #PreventDiabetes program began last year. It helps people lose weight with the support of educational video sessions, app-based coaching, progress tracking with provided smart scale, cash incentives for weight loss and the support of a certified diabetes lifestyle coach.

Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being at least 45 years old and overweight or obese. Individuals with family history of type 2 diabetes or history of gestational diabetes or who have high blood pressure or cholesterol are also at increased risk.

Nolte said one in three American adults has prediabetes. Individuals with prediabetes have blood glucose (sugar) levels that are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

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“We know prediabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, which is the most common form of diabetes,” she said. “Unfortunately, most people with prediabetes don’t realize it so we want to help them learn if they are at risk and then give them the tools to do something about it.”

Type 2 diabetes can increase risk of heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and loss of toes, feet and legs.

Nolte suggested people try a simple online screening test to learn about their personal diabetes risk offered by the CDC by following the link here.

The department has contracted with incentaHEALTH, a Colorado-based health company, to offer the program, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized as evidenced-based.

To learn more about the #PreventDiabetes program, follow the link here.