Almost 29.1 million Americans have diabetes – but that is just the tip of the iceberg. About 86 million adults in the United States have prediabetes. People with prediabetes are likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 5-10 years, unless they take steps to prevent or delay the disease.

Diabetes - Tip of the Iceberg

Diabetes Can Be Prevented

Prediabetes is a condition that comes before diabetes. It means your blood glucose levels are higher than normal but aren’t high enough to be called diabetes. There are no clear symptoms of prediabetes. You can have it and not know it.

It means you might get type 2 diabetes soon or down the road. You are also more likely to get heart disease or have a stroke. There is good news about diabetes! You might be wondering: What’s the “good” news about diabetes, the sixth leading cause of death, that has reached epidemic proportions in the United States? The good news is that we now have definitive proof that type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented in persons at risk for the disease. How? Through moderate changes in lifestyle.

Research by the National Institutes of Health has proven that diabetes prevention programs can reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program multi-site clinical trial, demonstrated that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed through modest weight loss (5 to 7% of body weight) and regular physical activity. The trial showed a 58% reduction in the development of diabetes for those over 20 years of age. For those over 60 years of age, the results were even more dramatic with a 71% reduction in the risk of developing diabetes.

The Diabetes Prevention Program at North Canyon Medical Center

We are happy to announce that our Diabetes Prevention Program is now Nationally Recognized by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). The Diabetes Prevention Program helps you take control of your health in a supportive and motivating environment. You will learn how to adopt habits to reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes and improve your overall health and well-being.

The Diabetes Prevention Program is for those people who have prediabetes or those who are concerned about getting diabetes. It is a year-long program with 22 sessions in all. There you will learn from 25 years of scientific research on behavioral strategies that have been shown to be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. The program goals help participants achieve moderate weight loss by eating well and being active.

The program includes 26 classes, class handouts, food scale, calorie counting book, and and a 6-month membership at the Gooding Fitness Center. New groups start each March and September.

Merri Ann King RN, CDE

Merri Ann King RN, CDE

Merri Ann is the Southern Idaho’s Master Trainer Select for the National Diabetes Program.  A Master Trainer Select is a trainer who teaches Lifestyle Coach training sessions required by the National Diabetes Prevention Program.

Lifestyle Training Course Description:

  • A two-day interactive training in a small group format
  • Participants learn the DPP program structure, goals, curriculum and the role of skills of the Lifestyle coach
  • Hands on practice in teaching the DPP curriculum and receive feedback from class participants and the Master Trainer
  • Have opportunities to brainstorm with other Lifestyle coaches on how to be an effective trainer
  • Network with other Lifestyle coach trainees
  • Learn up to date information on the CDC recognition process
  • Lifestyle coach training is open to individuals who are affiliated with organization that have pending DCD, DPP recognition or who intend to apply for CDC recognition.

Contact Merri Ann King for class dates and fees at 208-934-9886.

North Canyon Medical Center's Diabetes Educator Awarded Lifestyle Coach of the Month

September 27, 2016

North Canyon Medical Center (NCMC) is proud to announce Diabetes Educator Merri Ann King was recently awarded the Lifestyle Coach of the Month by the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare Diabetes Prevention Program.

NCMC Press Release - Merri Ann King