Roughly one in three adults in New Hampshire is pre-diabetic and, without intervention, many of them will develop type 2 diabetes. 46-year-old, Chris Wheeler, of Merrimack was one of these at risk adults.
“Dr. Robert Larkin at Webster Street Internal Medicine recommended the Diabetes Prevention Program because I was extremely over weight and my heart was beating much too fast. I knew that I needed to make immediate changes in my life,” he said.
As part of a national effort led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CMC offers the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), which provides the tools to help significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program is lifestyle intervention based.
“I had always tried different fad diets but they never worked for me long term. This is a lifestyle change. I lost 27 pounds and I am still trying to lose another 25 pounds,” Chris said, “It’s motivational and there are no tricks or gimmicks. It’s learning about yourself and what you need to do to change your eating and exercise habits.”
Research about the DPP, funded by the National Institutes of Health, showed a 58% reduction in the number of new patients with diabetes overall, and a 71% reduction in new patients for those over age 60. These results were achieved through reducing calories, increasing physical activity, and a weight loss of just 5%–7% of body weight—10 to 14 pounds for person weighing 200 pounds.
If you are at risk for, or currently have, pre-diabetes, The Diabetes Prevention Program is designed to empower you to take charge of your health. Learn more about the next session of the DPP and sign up for the next session now by calling 603.626.2626
Photo: Chris Wheeler enjoys being able to keep up with his sons after participating in the DPP