ASHLAND A program designed to prevent type 2 diabetes is being offered at King’s Daughters Medical Center.

“One out of three adults is prediabetic and doesn’t know it,” said Kim Bayes, R.N., a lifestyle change coach at KDMC. The program is designed to help those at risk make lifestyle changes research has shown to be effective in preventing the development of type 2 diabetes, Bayes said.

The program, which is based on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Prevention Program, begins April 16. During the program, lifestyle change coaches Bayes and Hillard Brown, R.N., teach participants how to eat healthier, lose weight and safely increase physical activity.

Classes are designed for at-risk adults, including those who have a diagnosis of prediabetes based on one or more of the following:

fasting blood glucose (range 100 to 125 mg/dl)

2-hour glucose (range 140 to 199 mg/dl)

HbA1c (range 5.7 to 6.4 percent)

previous gestational diabetes

paper risk test

A physician referral is not required. Cost is $429, which includes 16 weekly group sessions; access to an exercise physiologist to develop a personalized exercise program; feedback weekly from lifestyle change coach on food and activity tracker; and access to one-on-one visits with a behavioral therapist and lifestyle change coach as needed.

Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan members who qualify for the program may participate at no cost.

For more information or to register, call (606) 408-1560 or (606) 408-9764.

More than 60 have participated in the diabetes prevention program since its launch in 2013. Many have experienced significant improvements to their health, including lower blood sugar levels, weight loss and blood pressure reduction, Bayes said.

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