Saint Peter’s University Hospital Launches Lifestyle Coaching Program to Prevent and Delay Type 2 Diabetes

June 20, 2019

Saint Peter’s University Hospital Launches Lifestyle Coaching Program to Prevent and Delay Type 2 Diabetes
New Brunswick, N.J.: The number of Americans with Type 2 diabetes continues to rise. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that over a third of Americans are already pre-diabetic and 90 percent of them don’t even know it. Thirty million already have the disease and of that total, as many as seven million are unaware.
Saint Peter’s University Hospital is taking action, launching Prevent T2, a fun and practical lifestyle coaching program that will empower those most at risk to head off Type 2 diabetes before it starts. An introductory/preview class will be held Tuesday, July 9 at 6 PM, at the Sister Marie de Pazzi Conference Center of Saint Peter’s University Hospital, 254 Easton Avenue in New Brunswick. Space is limited and registration is required. Call (732) 339-7772 to register or for more information.
Diabetes interferes with the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. Too low, it can be deadly. Too high, it can cause tissue and organ damage. Diabetes puts significant stress on daily living, it doubles medical costs, complicates other health issues and can lead to additional problems like heart disease, kidney failure, stroke, blindness, amputation and even erectile dysfunction. Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
“We have to do something about it, because it is completely preventable,” said Meena S. Murthy, MD, FACE, Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Nutrition and Metabolism at Saint Peter’s University Hospital.
Prevent T2 is free year-long program open to men and women 18 years or older diagnosed with prediabetes or women over 18 with a history of gestational diabetes. While an introductory class takes place on July 9 at the main hospital, the formal program begins July 17 and those sessions will be held at Saint Peter's University Hospital's Family Health Center, 123 How Lane in New Brunswick. Weekly and bi-weekly meetings will be held for the first six months, followed by monthly meetings during the second half of the year. Attendees will participate in one-hour sessions that include a weigh-in and an educational activity. The training is designed to be interactive with an effective combination of education and social networking.
While genetics can contribute to the development of Type 2 diabetes, lifestyle is often to blame with obesity or being overweight the most common reason why people develop the condition.  “It’s a global emergency,” says Dr. Murthy, “In the United States, obesity was at less than 10 percent in 1980. Now it is at over 35 percent.”
Losing weight is the single most effective thing individuals can do to reduce their risk. Prevent T2 covers a full spectrum of tools needed to achieve a healthier lifestyle. “Our program is led by registered dietitians specially trained in lifestyle coaching. The program’s emphasis is on the importance of increased exercise activity, stress management, weight loss and weight management,” says Murthy.
Once diabetes starts, it can be difficult to control. She adds, “Most complications can be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight and with early intervention. As with most health issues, prevention is the best medicine. That’s the mission of the Prevent T2 program.”
About Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in diabetes, gastroenterology with a specialized Heartburn and Reflux Center, oncology, orthopedics, and women’s services. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pediatric surgery and orthopedic surgery featuring innovative anterior scoliosis correction surgery. The hospital offers a midwifery service and has plans to open a brand-new state-of-the-art Birth Center in Fall 2019. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a major clinical affiliate with Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Visit or call 732-745-8600.
About Saint Peter’s Healthcare System
Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Inc., parent company of the Saint Peter’s healthcare delivery system, is comprised of Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital and state-designated children’s hospital and regional perinatal center; Saint Peter’s Foundation, the fundraising arm of the hospital; Saint Peter’s Health and Management Services Corp., which oversees outpatient facilities, including the CARES Surgicenter; and Saint Peter’s Physician Associates, a network of primary and specialty care physician practices. Saint Peter’s Healthcare System is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen and is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical Health and Sciences. For more information about Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, please visit or call 732-745-8600.

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