Lifestyle Change Success

Lifestyle Change Success

Believe it or not, nearly 1 in 3 Emory employees have prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition where a person’s blood glucose (“sugar”) is higher than it should be.  Many people don’t even know that they have it. Having prediabetes puts people at significant risk for developing type 2 diabetes and other serious health conditions. The good news is that if we have prediabetes, we can do something about it to lower our risks.

Thankfully, there is a program established by the CDC that teaches people how to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. It’s called the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). With the help of dynamic lifestyle coaches, participants learn about healthy eating, the importance of regular physical activity, stress management, goal setting, and how to stay motivated over the long term.

This year as part of Healthy Emory, DPP has been piloted at several Emory locations, including Emory St. Joseph Hospital, Peachtree Center, Decatur Plaza, and Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM). In these pilot groups, participants shared one common objective, to stop the progression of prediabetes through long-term lifestyle change. In addition to learning about healthy eating, they each set a personal weight loss goal of 7% of their initial body weight and committed themselves to increasing their physical activity to at least 150 minutes a day. They worked hard to achieve their goals.

One participant in the EUHM group, Susan Horner, not only met her goals but exceeded them! Susan is an RN in the Special Care Nursery. After the first 16 weeks of the program, her baseline Hemoglobin A1C, which is a measurement of your average levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar, dropped from 9.00% to 5.80%. She also achieved a 20-pound weight loss!

Susan said, “The knowledge that I gained from taking the DPP class has helped me make healthier lifestyle changes making for a better me!”

If you have prediabetes or are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes and would like to take this healthy step to change your life, contact healthyemory@emory.edu or 404-712-3775.  A new class starts soon at the 1599 building and additional classes are scheduled in early 2019.