CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Jan. 2, 2003
NOTE TO EDITORS: Enrollment for the program described in this release ends
REACH program can help people resolving to ward off type 2 diabetes
People at risk of type 2 diabetes who are resolving to ward off the condition
in the new year can enroll in a proven exercise program developed by University
of Iowa Health Care.
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 open for the session that begins Jan. 14.
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 meet each person's
needs and physical condition.
The REACH team -- consisting of a nurse, a psychologist, a physical therapist,
a dietitian and a physician -- provides 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 $221.
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.
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 www.uihealthcare.com.