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DHHS Collaborates to Bring National Diabetes Prevention Program to New Hampshire
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Publish Date:
November 3, 2014

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is partnering with health care and community partners throughout the State to bring the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) to New Hampshire. In honor of National Diabetes Month, an updated DHHS website will feature prediabetes information. DHHS will also utilize Facebook and Twitter to spread messaging about prediabetes to the public.

"One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater," said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. "The National Diabetes Prevention Program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one's peers."

Prediabetes is defined as having a blood glucose (sugar) level that is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. People are more likely to have prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if they are:

  • 45 years of age or older
  • Overweight
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Physically active fewer than three times per week
  • Have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during a pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than nine pounds.

CDC estimates that 37% of adults have prediabetes. However, only 11% of people with prediabetes know they have the condition. Without intervention, 15 to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.

NDPP uses an evidence-based curriculum approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As part of a group, participants work with a trained lifestyle coach for 16 weeks and learn to:

  • Eat healthy
  • Increase their level of physical activity
  • Manage stress
  • Stay motivated, and
  • Solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes.

Nationwide implementation of NDPP could save the U.S. health care system $5.7 billion and prevent about 885,000 future cases of type 2 diabetes, a serious condition that can lead to: heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.

NDPP can be found at hospitals and YMCAs around the state. For more information or to locate a program near you visit: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/index.htm or http://www.ymca.net/diabetes-prevention/.

For information about prediabetes and the Diabetes Education Program at DHHS visit http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdpc/prediabetes.htm.

 
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