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‘We were a team’

Moscow attorney defeats prediabetes with help of Gritman’s Weight Management and Diabetes Prevention Program

Being diagnosed as prediabetic was quite a shock to Moscow attorney Anne Dwelle.

So when her doctor recommended Gritman Medical Center’s Weight Management and Diabetes Prevention Program, she did not hesitate to enroll. The year-long lifestyle change program is fully recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and led at Gritman by Director of Nutrition Services Nancy Kure, RDN, LD, CDE, and Dorothy Plaza, RN and diabetes educator.

“For me, the best part about the class was the fact that we were doing it together. We were accountable to each other. Everyone is there with the same problems and facing the same concerns. We were very much a team – we just needed T-shirts!” – Anne Dwelle

Anne, 72, was just one of the roughly 88 million adults in the U.S. with prediabetes – when blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes raises the risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Fortunately, the condition can be reversed, but many people need help. And Anne found that at Gritman.

“One of the things the class did was inform us exactly what it would do to our lives if we did keep going in the direction we were going and diagnosed as diabetic. There’s no going back at that point – your body kind of resets and all sorts of strange and not so wonderful things happen,” Anne said. “That was another wakeup call – and a good one.”

Anne appreciated that the program wasn’t like many courses in which instructors lecture for an hour and then everyone goes home.

“Dorothy and Nancy,” she said, “they were great. They listened, asked good questions, they weren’t just always in teaching mode.”

She also felt the program’s team-based focus set her up for success.

“For me, the best part about the class was the fact that we were doing it together. We were accountable to each other,” she said. “Everyone is there with the same problems and facing the same concerns. We were very much a team – we just needed T-shirts!”

Anne completed the program more than a year ago and is no longer prediabetic.

“Am I down to the weight I want to be? No, but I am in better shape than I was,” she said, adding now, thanks to the program, she has the tools and skills to maintain her new healthy lifestyle.

“Being diagnosed prediabetic was a wake-up call from my doctor and Nancy and Dorothy about the severity of the disease I face. So that was a big impetuous to change what I was doing,” Anne said. “I was then made aware in the class of things I could do – and that was diet and exercise.

“I wasn’t sure going into it that I wanted to make the kind of time commitment I knew it was going to be, but I’m glad I did.”


Weight Management and Diabetes Prevention Program

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.

  • Fully recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Proven program shown to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in high-risk patients
  • Includes education on physical activity, nutrition, stress management and other important areas of your health
  • At Gritman, 86 people have completed the program since 2015 and lost a group total of 1,213 pounds
  • About 4 out of 5 people who start go on to successfully complete the program

Who would benefit from this program? Individuals who:

  • Are overweight
  • Diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes
  • At risk for diabetes

To register for this program, contact Gritman Clinical Nutrition at 208-883-6341 or gro.n1593897244amtir1593897244g@ppd1593897244. Learn more at gritman.org/diabetes.