Gritman’s diabetes education team is ready to help you learn how to live better and take control through monitoring your blood sugar, nutrition and physical activity and understanding medication as needed. No matter your experience level, our certified diabetes educators, dietitians and nurses will help you build the skills and confidence to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
More than 84 million (1 in 3) American adults have prediabetes, a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes – and nearly 90% percent of those people don’t know they have it. Having prediabetes greatly increases the chance of developing type 2 diabetes and other serious health conditions. It’s critical for Americans to learn their prediabetes risk, be screened regularly and take the steps necessary to delay or prevent type 2 diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) launched its first risk test in 1993. The risk test was adapted by a published study and validated using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A person with a high score on the online risk test (five or higher) is at significant risk for having prediabetes. However, only a blood test can determine an official diagnosis.
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We offer free, monthly, diabetes wellness classes on a variety of topics. Classes are held the first Tuesday of every month. See below for a listing of events and also check our calendar for additional opportunities.Event Calendar
Has your doctor talked with you about prediabetes? You may be at higher risk of developing diabetes, presenting opportunities to be extra careful with your health. We can help you build a personalized plan to keep you as healthy as possible and lower your risk for developing diabetes. If you already have prediabetes, now is the right time to take control of your health.
Our team is dedicated to working with you to prevent type 2 diabetes through our Weight Management and Diabetes Prevention Program, a year-long, lifestyle-change program. This program, fully recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offers education on physical activity, nutrition, stress management and other important areas of your health. We also work with you to build strategies for overcoming challenges to sustaining weight loss.
To be eligible for this program, you must meet the following criteria:
Medicare Part B covers as a benefit with prediabetes labs. Medicaid covers as a benefit with a BMI of 30 or higher.
Who would benefit from this program? Individuals who:
We periodically offer free, no-obligation information sessions about the program.
Please check with your insurance provider to find out if the Weight Management and Diabetes Prevention Program is covered. To register for this program, contact Gritman Clinical Nutrition at 208-883-6341 or DPP@gritman.org.
If you or a loved has or is at risk for diabetes, our team can help you. You can also learn more about diabetes by visiting our Online Clinic.