Meet one of our DPPChicago participants and learn how she transformed herself from pre-diabetic to non-diabetic. (This interview has been edited for brevity.)
Good afternoon. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Priscilla. I work for the government.
Please tell us how you learned about your pre-diabetic condition.
I heard about DPPChicago from the American Diabetes Association. I thought it would help me live a healthier life and lose some weight. However, I was shocked to see my test results at the first DPP session that I was pre-diabetic. I had no clue because my blood sugar levels were normal when I went for my physicals.
I didn’t want to become a full-blown diabetic. I was already exercising before I joined the program. But HabitNu provided me with all the information and support for eating well. I am more aware of what I eat. The peer support I got from the group helped me stay on track.
Have you seen any results?
Yes. After five months into the program, my HbA1c dropped from 5.9 to 5.5, which means that I am not pre-diabetic anymore. Even my doctor was surprised and told me to continue whatever I was doing. I am determined to keep it that way.
Do you have any advice for others in your situation?
Count carbs in your food. They come from so many sources and are hidden everywhere. Don’t be discouraged, you can change your habits. Join a DPP.