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Maine Medical Center Hosts National Diabetes Prevention Program

June 11, 2018

Contact: Caroline Cornish
207-662-5146 /

The yearlong program helps people reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes

PORTLAND, Maine – A yearlong class that has been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a way to help people reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes is coming to Maine Medical Center. MMC is offering The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP), beginning June 14 in the hospital’s Dana Center at 22 Bramhall St.

The NDPP focuses on modest weight loss and increased physical activity. It’s based on research led by the National Institutes of Health that found people with prediabetes who take part in a structured lifestyle change program can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

According to the CDC, more than one out of three adults in the U.S. has prediabetes. The American Diabetes Association estimates that over 37 percent of Maine’s adult population has prediabetes. Prediabetes is defined as having a blood glucose (sugar) level that is higher than normal but not high enough to be considered diabetes. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15 to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years. Having prediabetes also increases your chance of experiencing other serious health problems such as, heart disease and stroke.

“The first step to preventing diabetes is knowing your risk,” said Christina Holt, MD, a doctor with Maine Medical Partners -- Portland Family Medicine. “If you have a family history of type 2 diabetes, are carrying extra weight, and get little or no physical activity, you could be at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Age also plays a role, and if you are over 45 and have more than one of these risk factors, you should talk to your provider about getting screened for diabetes.”

In order to qualify for the National Diabetes Prevention Program, participants must be at least 18 years of age, determined to be “overweight” by a body mass index equal to or greater than 25 and be diagnosed with prediabetes via blood work, a previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes or by a qualifying risk score from a diabetes risk assessment test. Participants do not need a doctor’s referral to register for the program.

The hour-long classes will meet weekly on Thursdays from 12 – 1 p.m. for the first 16 weeks, then bi-monthly or monthly for the remainder of the year. It costs $50 a year to attend. Payment options are available. For more information about the NDPP, contact the MaineHealth Prevention Program at (207) 661-7294 or visit to register.

About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2017-2018, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing nearly 8,700 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit

About MaineHealth
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit integrated health system consisting of eight local hospital systems, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare network, diagnostic services, home health agencies, and more than 1,500 employed and independent physicians working together through an Accountable Care Organization. With close to 19,000 employees, MaineHealth is the largest health system in northern New England and provides preventive care, diagnosis and treatment to 1.1 million residents in Maine and New Hampshire.

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