Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that can permanently affect a patient’s quality of life. While there is no cure, type 2 diabetes is preventable and manageable, making early recognition and handling of pre-diabetic symptoms by providers essential to complete care. In 2015, Flushing Hospital Medical Center (FHMC) launched a community-based initiative, in accordance with the National Diabetes Prevention Program, to reduce diagnoses of type 2 diabetes in pre-diabetic patients.
FHMC’s program is a yearlong course that educates at-risk patients on healthy eating, the importance of exercise, and methods to reduce stress. There is also a weight loss component, with participants working as a group to lose 5% to 7% of their initial weight. Accountability is encouraged through follow-ups with individuals who previously completed the program.
To date, 52 participants have completed the program; 24 of these 52 are no longer at risk of diabetes. Participants who reached the program’s goals have reported reduced or normal levels of glycated hemoglobin and cholesterol. Many program participants report losing additional weight and/or keeping the weight off.
For more information, contact Priscila Echevarria, Project Manager, Flushing Hospital Medical Center, at (718) 670-3042 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.