What to Know About Diabetes Prevention Programs
Thanks in part to the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, 41-year-old Erin Rothermel was able to lose 60 pounds and reduce his blood pressure, among other health improvements.
Eric Rothermel, now 41, has always been mindful of his health. A tobacco control professional at the YMCA in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, he knows the importance of following a healthy diet, exercising, and watching your weight. But when he turned 39, he realized that some of his habits, like his waning physical activity, were beginning to catch up with him: His weight had crept up, and he could feel his energy levels plummeting.
When I weighed 282 pounds, I could feel it by the end of the day, Rothermel says. I was dragging.
Based on his weight, Rothermels colleague, who also happened to be Rothermels lifestyle coach, Megan Maurer, gave him a diabetes risk assessment questionnaire. The questionnaire showed that because of risk factors like a family history of diabetes and his body mass index (BMI) Eric was at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. She suggested that he try the YMCAs Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) .
To be completely honest, I wasnt thrilled about it, Rothermel says of the yearlong program. I knew what to do, and I knew I could get this under control. However, I wasnt doing anything about it.
Despite his skepticism, Rothermel joined the program.
How Diabetes Prevention Programs May Help Change the Course of Your Health
While every DPP has its own distinct features, the overall aim of these programs is to help people with prediabetes avoid developing full-blown type 2 diabetes.
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