Williamson Medical Center’s Diabetes Prevention Program has earned full recognition by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its proven results in the fight against type 2 diabetes.
This designation by the CDC is reserved for programs that have effectively delivered a quality evidence-based program that meets all the CDC’s standards for recognition—an accomplishment that is earned by less than 10 percent of sites nationwide.
WMC is currently enrolling new participants. If you think you’re at risk for diabetes and you’re interested in participating, please call 615-435-5580.
WMC began its Diabetes Prevention Program in 2013 after receiving a grant from the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the State of Tennessee in partnership with the CDC. Since then, 91 people have successfully completed the year-long program and have lost a combined 1,012 pounds. Nearly half of the participants shed at least 5 percent of their total body weight, which studies have shown is enough to prevent or delay the risk of diabetes.
“Once you have diabetes, you can’t get rid of it, but if you have prediabetes, which is higher than normal blood sugar levels, or if you are at risk for developing diabetes, you can prevent it with lifestyle changes,” said Lisa Mathews, MS, RD, LDN, CDE, a Clinical Dietitian, who is also a Certified Diabetes Educator at Williamson Medical Center. “People need to know they have the power to change their outcome.”
The CDC estimates as many as one in three people could have diabetes by 2050. The Diabetes Prevention Program proved that participants who lost a modest amount of weight through dietary changes and increased physical activity reduced their chances of developing diabetes by 58 percent, which is a better outcome than taking medication.
Common risk factors for diabetes include being 10 to 15 pounds over your ideal weight, having a previous diagnosis of prediabetes or gestational diabetes, or having family members with the disease.
The Diabetes Prevention Program provides a year of education and support with a trained lifestyle coach for people who are at risk for developing diabetes but have not yet been diagnosed with the disease. Participants gather in a relaxed classroom setting and work together in small groups to learn how to incorporate healthier eating and moderate physical activity into their daily lives. The program is led by a trained lifestyle coach. Over a one-year period, the participants meet weekly for one hour a week for the first six months, followed by six months of maintenance sessions.
Williamson Medical Center’s Diabetes Prevention Program is currently enrolling anyone who thinks he or she may be at risk and is interested in participating in the program. To register or for information, contact Lisa Mathews at 615-435-5580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this Article