The Wellness Journey Partnership Supports National Effort to Raise Awareness of Prediabetes
Broomfield, Colorado, 01 September 2017 – A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that 84 million American adults (more than 1 in 3) have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are high, but not high enough yet to be classified as type 2 diabetes. People with prediabetes have increased risks to their long-term health, including developing type 2 diabetes, heart attack, and stroke. Nearly 90 percent of people with prediabetes are not aware they have the condition. In Colorado, more than 30% of adults have prediabetes/diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA), American Medical Association (AMA), and CDC, along with the Ad Council, are releasing new Public Service Announcements (PSA’s) to build on a successful campaign that helped hundreds of thousands of Americans learn their risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The new, lighthearted PSAs offer viewers a “perfect way to spend a minute” where they can take the one-minute prediabetes risk test while also doing something everyone loves — watching adorable animal videos. The Wellness Journey Partnership is proud to lend its support to the campaign, which raises the urgency of prediabetes and emphasizes the positive message that prediabetes can often be reversed through everyday lifestyle changes. The campaign encourages people to take a short online test at DoIHavePrediabetes.org to learn their risk and speak with their doctor to confirm their diagnosis. The website features lifestyle tips and connects visitors to the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.
“The Wellness Journey Partnership has committed significant efforts to expand the DPP into Broomfield Colorado as we are putting our skilled coaching staff onto the front lines of lifestyle coaching for groups of prediabetics, Without lifestyle change, we just have another education program that will lead us to less than optimal results” said Donald King, Wellness Journey Partnership’s principal coach and founder.
Prediabetes can often be reversed through weight loss, diet changes, and increased physical activity. Diagnosis is critical, as research shows that people are much more likely to make the necessary lifestyle changes once they are aware of their condition. A rise in incidence of type 2 diabetes presents a significant threat to Broomfield, Colorado and the surrounding area, potentially adding 15-30% to the high risk pool of diabetics who are at a 50% higher risk for heart attack, stroke, and other significant health complications. In an effort to reverse this trend, the Wellness Journey Partnership is supporting the national effort and working to make an impact in the community through establishment of DPP lifestyle coaching opportunities for new clients. Group coaching sessions are expected to begin later this Fall.