Welcome to the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department
Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator & Lifestyle Coach
(606) 329-9444 ext. 2237
The Ashland-Boyd County Health Department is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
What Is Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Most of 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. This causes sugar to build up in your blood. 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.
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 may develop type 2 diabetes within 3 years.
What Is the Benefit of Being Part of a Diabetes Prevention Program?
The Ashland-Boyd County Health Department 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.
As part of a diabetes prevention 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.
If you think you may be at risk, print the HCP referral form and take to a health care provider who can do a blood test to see if you have diabetes or prediabetes.