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People with prediabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels — are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 3 years if they do not take steps to prevent it.

“One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater,” said Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator Patti Schuman. “The Cheshire Diabetes Prevention Program (CDPP) offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers.”

A community partnership among Cheshire Medical Center, the Keene Family YMCA, Monadnock Family Services, and the Keene Senior Center is excited to introduce the year-long program to our area.

Participants will meet in groups once a week for 16 weeks with a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.

They continue once a month for 8 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

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A conversation with Santa about the risks of type 2 diabetes: