Metro Health’s Diabetes Prevention & Control Program understands that there is a great need for both prevention and self-management services among San Antonio residents. Because of this, we offer a variety of evidence-based programs to assist in making healthier choices and preventing and managing diabetes. Metro Health staff are trained to deliver curriculum developed at Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center, which has been rigorously evaluated and proven effective in enhancing the lives of hundreds of thousands of people over the past 30 years. These programs build self-efficacy among participants empowering them to take control and live healthier lives despite an existing condition.
For those who have not yet received a diagnosis of diabetes but find themselves at risk, the Diabetes Prevention & Control staff is also well-trained and equipped to deliver the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s National Diabetes Prevention Program-Prevent T2.
This program was evaluated in a major multicenter clinical research study, with a focus on calorie reduction and increasing physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week. The study showed that when participants achieved a weight loss of 5 to 7 percent of their body weight it reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.