- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire residents at high risk for type 2 diabetes now can seek help from seven organizations in the state.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program helps participants reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes by learning to eat healthier, lose weight, become more physically active, and manage stress.

The state Department of Health and Human Services recently hosted a training session for 18 new “lifestyle coaches” who will offer the program throughout the state. There’s also a new website, www.preventdiabetesnh.org , to link people to programs in their communities.

The seven programs are located in Colebrook, Concord, Dover, Keene, Manchester, Nashua and Wolfeboro.

“Since the risk of type 2 diabetes increases as we get older and New Hampshire’s population is aging, we can expect that the number of people in the Granite State with diabetes could increase rapidly in the coming years,” said Marcella Bobinsky, acting director of public health at the department.

Prediabetes is defined as having a blood glucose (sugar) level that is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. A person with prediabetes is at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, which can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease and stroke.

In the United States, more than one in three adults has prediabetes. However, only 11 percent of those with prediabetes know they have the condition.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that without intervention, 15 percent to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.

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