A Journey of Success In CBHA's Diabetes Prevention Program
In the United States, more than 1 in 3 adults have prediabetes. Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. If you are diagnosed with this condition, a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program can help you take healthy steps to reverse it. Our CBHA Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is nationally recognized and promotes healthy lifestyle changes to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
Beatriz Peralta came to CBHA seeking help to lose weight. After a visit with one of our providers, she found out that she was at risk for diabetes. They recommended that she enroll in our Diabetes Prevention Program to help her lose weight and learn how to regulate her blood sugar levels.
After every class, she learned new things about how to manage her health. “One of the most important things I learned was that Type 2 Diabetes is not a disease. It’s a condition you can live with,” says Beatriz. She also learned how important it is to have physical activity during the week so that her sugar levels stay normal.
“The more I committed myself to this lifestyle, the more I saw my children commit to the same lifestyle as me,” said Beatriz. As she learned about different topics in class, she would bring all the information home and teach it to her kids and her mom. “Our lifestyle has changed in so many ways. I’ve started to say no to harmful foods, and so have my mom and children.”
Not only has Beatriz seen a change in her physical health, but she’s also seen how this program has positively affected her mental health. “Before this program, I was taking medication for my anxiety. Now that I have changed the way that I eat and added exercise to my weekly routine, I have not had to take anxiety medication,” says Beatriz.
Our Diabetes Prevention Program staff have a one-on-one coaching model that will show patients results at every benchmark, and they’ll continue to motivate them to keep moving forward to being a healthier version of themselves.
“The team helped me out a lot. They were patient with us and taught us everything from A to Z,” says Beatriz. She knew that if she ever had a question, she could call the clinic and talk to one of the health educators.
“This program has transformed my life. If you have the opportunity to do the Diabetes Prevention Program, I encourage you to do it.”
Learn more about our Diabetes Prevention Program and fill out the screener to see if you qualify for the next class.