GemCare Wellness is Preventing Type 2 Diabetes with Proven Program

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Participants are learning how to make healthy lifestyle changes, as GemCare Wellness has been admitted to the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

GemCare Wellness has been admitted to the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Patients are preventing type 2 diabetes together with the Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle change intervention offered by GemCare Wellness. Guided by a Registered Dietitian, participants are learning the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.

People with prediabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels — are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 3 years if they do not take steps to prevent it.

“One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater,” said James Piper, Vice President and General Manager of GemCare Wellness. “The Diabetes Prevention Program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through reasonable lifestyle changes made with the support of a dedicated coach.”

Participants learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes. GemCare Wellness groups meet once a week for 16 weeks, then once a month for 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

The GemCare Wellness Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The program meets at their local Hudson, OH office.

The GemCare Wellness Diabetes Prevention Program is based on research that showed that people with prediabetes who lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) by making modest changes reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

Nationwide implementation of the program 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 health problems including heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.

“Small changes can add up to a big difference,” added James Piper. “By working with a Registered Dietitian who provides guidance and encouragement, our participants are making lasting changes together.”

People are more likely to have prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if they:

  •     Are 45 years of age or older;
  •     Are overweight;
  •     Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;
  •     Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or
  •     Have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.

To participate in the Diabetes Prevention Program, visit http://www.gemcarewellness.com. Classes start in January.

To learn more about the program, please contact James Piper at jpiper(at)gemcarewellness(dot)com or visit http://www.gemcarewellness.com and/or http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention.

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GemCare Wellness is a leader in the health and wellness industry by offering strategic services that brings meaningful, measurable, and financially rewarding results to its clients. GemCare utilizes a personalized approach in order to guide participants in making lasting health improvements that help manage conditions as well as reduce the risk of acquiring chronic conditions in the future. By only employing certified healthcare professionals, GemCare Wellness delivers superior quality of care to ensure its members reach their maximum potential and its clients receive positive outcomes. For more information, visit http://www.gemcarewellness.com

GemCare Wellness is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is proven to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Research shows that modest behavior changes, such as making better food choices and increasing physical activity, reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people at high-risk for developing this disease. The National Diabetes Prevention Program brings together federal agencies, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, employers, insurers, health care professionals, academia, and other stakeholders to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes among people with prediabetes. http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention.

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