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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 25, 2003

Fall Session Open For People To Ward Off Type 2 Diabetes

Spring is not the only time for new beginnings. People at risk for type 2 diabetes can enroll this fall in a University of Iowa Health Care exercise and lifestyle intervention program designed to ward off the condition. The next session will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday evenings Sept. 16 through Nov. 6. The enrollment deadline is Sept. 10.

"Reaching Euglycemia and Comprehensive Health" (REACH) helps individuals with pre-diabetes, the precursor of type 2 diabetes, to normalize their blood sugar, or reach euglycemia. Free UI Health Care screenings are available for people to learn if the REACH program is right for them.

The eight-week 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 physical condition.

The REACH team -- a nurse, a psychologist, a physical therapist, a dietitian and a physician -- provide counseling, expert advice, exercise evaluation and exercise sessions. The bi-weekly educational and exercise classes help participants reverse the trend toward diabetes. The program fee is $239.

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 384-8442 locally.

For more information about enrolling in the REACH diabetes prevention program, call 319-356-2663, extension 3. Information also is available online at

As with all medical decisions, it is best to consult with your 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

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Participants/Program: REACH Program, 319-356-2663, ext. 3
Media: Becky Soglin, 319-335-6660,