Woman’s offers Louisiana’s only CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program

February 20, 2019

One Year Lifestyle Program to Reduce the Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes

BATON ROUGE, La - If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes or are at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, Woman's Hospital’s is offering the region’s only Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognized program. The Woman’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a one year course, starting Tuesday, February 26 at the Woman’s Center for Wellness, focused on specific lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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According to research, CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs can have a significant impact in reducing the onset of diabetes. The CDC cites the National Institutes of Health as having proven that people with prediabetes who take part in this type of structured program can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% (71% for people over 60 years old). The reason for this drastic change is that these programs help people lose 5% to 7% of their body weight through healthier eating and holding them accountable for up to 150 minutes of physical activity a week. And the impact of a CDC-recognized program can last for years to come. Even after 10 years, people who completed this type of course were one third less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

The 2019 Woman’s Diabetes Prevention Program starts Tuesday, February 26, 2019. The cost is $400/year, plus three-month membership to the Woman’s fitness center, with payment plans available. To be eligible for the program you must be:

  • 18 years or older No previous diagnosis of type 1 or 2 diabetes
  • Overweight (body mass index ≥25;  ≥23 if Asian)
  • AND have a blood test result in the prediabetes range within the past year
  • OR been previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes.


Call 225-924-8936 to register or learn more.