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Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have type 2 diabetes, your body can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.
Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition. It can lead to health issues such as heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.
Prediabetes is a blood glucose (sugar) level that is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. One in three American adults has prediabetes, and most do not even know they have it. If you have prediabetes and do not lose weight or do moderate physical activity, you can develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.
You are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:
If you think you may be at risk, a health care provider can do a blood test to see if you have diabetes or prediabetes.
Yes! Hearing your doctor say, “You’re at risk for type 2 diabetes,” or “You have prediabetes,” means
that you can start preventing type 2 diabetes today. And you do not have to do it alone. Finding the PreventT2 program was your first step on that journey. If you have prediabetes, now is the time for prevention. MPower's PreventT2 lifestyle change program can help you take charge of your health to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is proven to help people with prediabetes prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes.
As part of a PreventT2 group, you will work with other participants and a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes. These changes include losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.
Being part of a group provides support from other people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes you are. Together you
can celebrate successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.
PreventT2 groups meet for a year — weekly for the first 6 months, then once or twice a month for the second
6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. During each session, your lifestyle coach will teach a lesson and lead a group discussion.
For example, you will learn to:
MPower has partnered with HabitNu to provide the National Diabetes Prevention Program at no cost through your insurance carrier or through a scholarship! We will offer the program at two in-person sites and also virtually for those living outside of the in-person counties. Our In-person sites will be at the Scott County Health Department in Sikeston, MO and at the Dunklin County Health Department in Kennett, MO. We will begin our first cohort on October 4th from 8:15am to 9:15am with weekly classes to follow. Please follow the link at the top of the page to take our enrollment quiz to see if you are eligible. If eligible, you can get signed up through that same page! Watch for emails from HabitNu to create your account and class schedule information. You must have a working email to participate. Please call us at 573-683-2191 with any questions.
Some insurance plans will cover the cost for PreventT2. Check with your insurance provider to see if PreventT2 is covered. If your insurance plan will not cover the program or you are without insurance, you will automatically be enrolled into our scholarship program.
The PreventT2 program can help people with prediabetes cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half. The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5 to 7 percent of their body weight — that is 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds. These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people with prediabetes.
PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).