Prevent Type 2 Diabetes with the
Shape My Health Program
You can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. We can help you with the Shape My Health lifestyle change program.
Interested in talking to someone about the program? Call Stephanie Scott, registered dietitian, at 308-946-3015.
What Is Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition. It can lead to health issues such as heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet or legs. Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which sugar levels in your blood are too high. This is due to a lack of insulin or insulin resistance.
The food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have type 2 diabetes, your body can't use its own insulin as well as it should, or your body is not producing enough insulin. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.
What Is Prediabetes?
Prediabetes is a blood glucose (sugar) level that is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. One in three American adults has prediabetes, and most do not even know they have it. If you have prediabetes and do not lose weight or do moderate physical activity, you are at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes within five years.
Am I at Risk for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?
You are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:
- Are 45 years of age or older
- Are overweight
- Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
- Are physically active fewer than three times per week or
- Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than nine pounds
If you think you may be at risk, a health care provider can do a blood test to see if you have diabetes or prediabetes.
Can I Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?
Yes! Hearing your doctor say, "You're at risk for type 2 diabetes," or "You have prediabetes," means that you can start preventing type 2 diabetes today. And you don't have to do it alone. Finding the Shape My Health program is your first step on that journey. If you have prediabetes, now is the time for prevention. Merrick Medical Center's Shape My Health lifestyle change program can help you take charge of your health to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
What is the Shape My Health Lifestyle Change Program?
Shape My Health is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is proven to help people with prediabetes prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes.
What is the Benefit of Being Part of the Shape My Health Program?
As part of a Shape My Health group, you will work with other participants and a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes. These changes include losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress.
Being part of a group provides support from other people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes you are. Together you can celebrate successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.
Your Shape My Health Lifestyle Coach
Shape My Health lifestyle coaches have the experience and training to help you reach your goals. Your lifestyle coach will help you:
- Learn the facts about healthy eating and physical activity and explain how these behaviors will help reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes
- Set and meet your goals
- Build relationships with other participants
- Work as a group to meet challenges
What is the Format of the Shape My Health Program?
Shape My Health groups meet for a year - weekly for the first six months, then once or twice a month for the second six months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. During each session, your lifestyle coach will teach a lesson and lead a group discussion.
For example, you will learn to:
- Eat healthy
- Add physical activity to your life
- Manage stress
- Stay on track when eating out
- Understand and respond to your food cues
- Stay motivated
- Solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes
Get more information about the Shape My Health Curriculum.
Shape My Health program features:
- Trained lifestyle coach
- CDC-approved curriculum
- Group support
- Year-long program - weekly for six months, then one-two times a month
Where Can I Participate in a Shape My Health Program?
Merrick Medical Center is excited to host a class beginning in August. The class will be held every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. for the first six months in the Conference Room of the hospital.
The cost is $100. However, when you successfully complete the class, you will receive $75 back - making the cost of this year-long, life-changing class only $25.
Are you considering the class, but may need financial assistance for the registration fee? Contact Shauna Graham at 308-946-2229.
Does Shape My Health Work?
The Shape My Health program can help people with prediabetes cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half. The National Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose five to seven percent of their body weight - that's 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds. These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people with prediabetes.
Online Pre-Diabetes Quiz
Do you know if you are pre-diabetic? Take a short quiz!
Note: Shape My Health is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).