Diabetes Prevention Program coming soon to Corvallis

Jan 21,2013
Diabetes educators at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis will launch a series of free diabetes prevention classes in February.

The Diabetes Prevention Program offers evidence-based, lifestyle-focused programs for preventing type 2 diabetes. The program is based on the diabetes prevention program research study led by the National Institutes of Health and supported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"The lifestyle intervention that we designed for the program provided nearly a 60 percent reduction in the onset of diabetes over a four-year period compared to those who did not do the life-style intervention,” said Endocrinologist Patrick Boyle, MD,  of Samaritan Depoe Bay Clinic and the co-principle investigator for the National Diabetes Prevention Program. “In fact, for a pre-diabetes patient over the age of 60, there was nearly a 75 percent reduction in the onset of diabetes over this time frame.”

Diabetes Prevention Program participants work with health care professionals in a group setting, attending 12 weekly core sessions and six monthly follow up sessions. Each week a topic will be covered by the Diabetes Education instructional team, including registered nurses and dietitians, to focus on diabetes prevention through two paths: losing weight and becoming more active. Goal setting and keeping food and activity records will be encouraged as part of this class.

The first series of Diabetes Prevention Program classes will be held Wednesday’s at 4 p.m., beginning Feb. 20. Registration is required, as space is limited. For more information and to register, call (541) 768-6973.