Catskill Regional Medical Center will provide a FREE information session on pre-diabetes risk and diabetes prevention from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018. The information sessions will take place at Catskill Regional Medical Group’s Monticello Office located at 38 Concord Road, in Monticello, NY.

The information session is for the people to learn about pre-diabetes, how to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes and the Catskill Regional Medical Center Diabetes Prevention Program. Light refreshments will be served.

Catskill Regional Medical Center has adopted the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s National Diabetes Prevention Program, which offers a scientifically-proven and effective lifestyle enhancement program that can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. It is based on research which showed that people with pre-diabetes, who lost just 5 to 7 percent of their body weight through modest changes, reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

As one in three Americans is diagnosed with pre-diabetes, risk assessments for pre-diabetes are a critical first step in identifying someone who may be a candidate for the program.

Anyone can come to learn more about pre-diabetes, but the criteria for entry into the Diabetes Prevention Program includes:

  • Being at least 18 years old
  • Being overweight (body mass index ≥25; ≥23 if Asian)
  • Having no previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • Having a blood test result in the pre-diabetes range within the past year:
    • Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7%–6.4% or
    • Fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL or
    • Two-hour plasma glucose (after a 75 gm glucose load): 140–199 mg/dL or being previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes

Having a copy of lab work is NOT necessary for this informational session.

Catskill Regional Medical Center’s diabetes prevention program offers trained lifestyle coaches who teach participants, at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, lifestyle skills they can use to reduce those risks, including losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress. Those who qualify for the free program will meet weekly in a group setting during the first 6 months, and once or twice a month for the second 6 months. The group setting provides a supportive environment in which people facing similar challenges find ways to overcome obstacles and celebrate their successes together.

To RSVP for the session, please contact the Diabetes Self-Management Training Center at 845-794-3300, extension 2106.

For more information about the new Diabetes Prevention Program visit