MINOT, N.D. - The number of diabetics and those diagnosed with pre-diabetes has been trending upwards in the state of North Dakota for 10 years.
Trinity Health is preparing a new program called Weigh 2 Change as an effort to delay or prevent those with pre-diabetes from getting their diagnosis upgraded.
A person with pre-diabetes has a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. Which means they have time to make changes.
"The way to delay or prevent it is through weight loss and increased physical activity which is two key components in this program," said outpatient dietician Michelle Fundingsland.
The program, Weigh 2 Change is facilitated through the CDC and will be put on by the nutritionists at Trinity.
"It's a one-year long commitment, which might seem kind of extensive, but we're set out to make lifestyle changes, which are pretty important and don't happen overnight. The first goal is to achieve weight loss, and they have a specific number at 7 percent or somewhere in the five to ten percent range. And to increase physical activity," Fundingsland said.
They keep the changes simple, like walking to exercise and finding ways to make changes work in busy lives.
"People already know all of this information it's just how am I going to implement it at home with my lifestyle and that's what this program is going to address. Those little changes in their life that are doable in order to get that weight loss and increase in activity," Fundingsland said.
Because the program is a commitment it's important that the participants are willing to make changes, which is why there are steps to make sure they are prepared.
"That questionnaire will ask them things like are you ready, do you have time for this, are you ready to make a change in terms of eating and physical activity, so definitely the participant has to be ready to make a change," Fundigsland said.
According to the CDC making these changes could help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by as much as 58 percent.
The program doesn't have a start date yet, but if you're interested you can call 857-5268 to get more information.