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BCH hosting Type 2 diabetes prevention classes

SPRINGVILLE – Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is coordinating a Prevent Type 2 Diabetes program on Thursdays, beginning July 5 at 1 p.m.

Participants will meet weekly for the first six months, then switch to monthly meetings to keep them on track. Additional classes will be scheduled to meet patient demand. For those who cannot attend on Thursday afternoon, call and the hospital will inquire of the best day and time for future classes.

Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death and disability in the United States. Type 2 diabetes is an avoidable condition. The program will be facilitated by a certified diabetes educator and a registered nurse, both whom are certified prediabetes lifestyle coaches.

Studies indicate that graduates who successfully complete the one-year education and support program can prevent or delay the risk for developing type 2 diabetes by up to 58 percent.

The CDC estimates that over 33 percent of adults have prediabetes. Persons with a diagnosis of prediabetes, impaired fasting blood glucose, have a history of gestational diabetes or are overweight are at risk for type 2 diabetes.

The PT2 program is covered by many insurances without a co-pay and by Medicare. When calling to register, additional information on insurance coverage will be available.  Classes will be offered on different days and times when at least five persons are able to start a new class. Peer-support is an important part of the success of this program, so patients are unable to jump into classes that already exist. Call 592-9643 to register.

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