Classes about How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Forming Now

October 08, 2016

BENNINGTON, VT—October 8, 2016—Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease that causes painful and debilitating complications like nerve damage, kidney disease, and eye problems, to name a few. And once someone has diabetes, it doesn’t go away. They have to manage it for the rest of their life.

But the most common type of diabetes—Type 2—can sometimes be prevented. The Diabetes Education department at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, Vermont Blueprint for Health, and the YMCA have teamed up to provide the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program locally. Classes are forming now.

The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program is based on research by the National Institute of Health and is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program led by the Centers for Disease Control. It helps those with prediabetes understand how the disease works and encourages them to make important life changes. Participants will learn many tips for eating healthier and exercising more. Both lead to greater success with weight management, the leading risk factor for diabetes. Each workshop consists of 16 one-hour weekly core sessions followed by 8 one-hour-long monthly sessions over one year.

Those who are 18 or older and overweight should ask their primary care provider for a blood test that can help determine if they have diabetes or prediabetes. Those who have prediabetes are eligible to participate. Other classes and counseling are available for those who have diabetes. Those interested should ask their provider to connect them with a diabetes educator or call Kathy Dockum at 802-440-4098 to learn more.

About SVHC:

Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices and primary care offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is the state’s first Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, a designation it has held since 2002. To learn more, visit