CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Sept. 9, 2002
UI diabetes prevention program offers fall session
People at risk of type 2 diabetes can ward off the condition and benefit
from proven exercise programs such as the one developed by University of Iowa
Health Care. National Institutes of Health findings published last year showed
that a combination of diet and exercise was much more effective than medication
alone in preventing diabetes.
"Reaching Euglycemia and Comprehensive Health" (REACH), helps
individuals with pre-diabetes, the precursor of type 2 diabetes, to normalize
their blood sugar (reach euglycemia). Enrollment is now open for the fall
session, which begins Sept. 24. Free UI Health Care screenings are available
for people to learn if the REACH program is right for them.
The program also welcomes people with known diabetes risk factors who are
hesitant to start an exercise program because of chronic problems, such as
arthritis. Exercise routines are individualized to each person's needs and
REACH therapists, dieticians and physicians provide counseling, expert advice,
exercise evaluation and exercise sessions. Participants attend bi-weekly educational
and exercise classes to help them reverse the trend toward diabetes. The program
fee is $205.
Type 2 diabetes usually begins in adulthood and causes insulin resistance,
in which the body makes insulin but does not respond well to it. Left untreated
or inadequately controlled, diabetes can cause heart disease, blindness, kidney
failure and infections.
People are at increased risk of developing pre-diabetes and diabetes if
any of the following conditions apply: having family members with diabetes;
being overweight; having high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels; and
being of Native American, African American or Hispanic descent. In addition,
several factors put women at risk: having diabetes during pregnancy; giving
birth to a baby weighing more than nine pounds; and having polycystic ovarian
syndrome (an endocrine condition).
A fasting (before breakfast) test can determine whether a person has pre-diabetes.
For more information about a free REACH screening, call UI Health Access toll-free
at (800) 777-8442 or (319) 384-8442 locally.
For more information about enrolling in the eight-week REACH diabetes prevention
program, call (319) 356-2663.
As with all medical decisions, it is best to consult with your personal
physician before making any changes to your health care routine.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and
Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and
services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com/.