Diabetes prevention is the focus of special programs offered by groups such as the Hillsborough County Health Department and Tampa Bay area YMCAs. The programs are either free, covered by private insurance or include nominal fees. Contact the programs directly for information.
Hillsborough County Health Department diabetes self-management and diabetes prevention program: Uses registered dietitians and lifestyle coaches to implement long-term eating, physical activity and stress management strategies for people identified as having pre-diabetes. Call: (813) 307-8071
Hillsborough County Health Department GIFT (Get into Fitness Today) weight management program: A free group activity that lasts six to 12 weeks. Almost 4,000 local residents have participated in the past five years. Call: (813) 307-8071
Tampa Metro YMCA diabetes prevention program: Lifestyle coaches provide food, exercise and behavior guidance to qualified participants attending 16 weekly sessions and monthly support meetings for a year. Contact: Shera Goode at shera
.firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 416-6834
St. Petersburg YMCA diabetes prevention program: Lifestyle coaches provide food, exercise and behavior guidance to qualified participants attending 16 weekly sessions and monthly
Are you at risk?
Think those love handles might be a sign of pre-diabetes? Answer yes to more than two of these questions, and you might want to consider having a conversation with your health-care provider.
Are you overweight (BMI greater than 25) or obese?
Is your blood pressure 140/90 or higher, or have you been diagnosed with high blood pressure?
Are you physically active fewer than two times a week?
Do you have a sibling or parent with diabetes?
For women: Did you have gestational diabetes during pregnancy or give birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds?
Are you 45 years old or older?
Are you part of any of the diabetes high-risk racial or ethnic groups? (African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, some Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders)
Sources: YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.