Diabetes Prevention

In 2016, AC-SE MI received a grant from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation for the “diabetes prevention program”. In July of 2016, the program started for the proposed workshops among 4 Asian ethnic groups.

This program offers workshops using the curriculum of “Diabetes Prevention Program” (DPP), developed by CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). The CDC DPP is a one-year program and is targeted to pre-diabetic participants. The first 16 weeks, participants will meet weekly for an hour, and then monthly thereafter. The 16 week curricula mainly include healthy eating and weekly exercise with the simple program goals: 1) reduce weight by 7%; and 2) exercise moderately at least 150 minutes weekly; then the rest of the year is to monitor their progress and meet once a month.

The CDC DPP has to be modified before we can use it for Asian Americans since obesity does not seem to be the main reason that Asian Americans have a higher prevalence of diabetes. The 7% weight loss may put some participants in jeopardy for malnutrition. We can only teach them “healthy eating” to stay healthy, not for weight reduction. That also makes one of the biomarkers used in the DPP, the waist circumference, not applicable to certain Asian Americans. It may apply to Filipinos and South Asians (including Asian Indians), but not for Southeast Asians (Chinese, and Korean). Instead of measuring their waist circumference, we propose to measure their A1C.

 

The following schedule was made for the program:

Ethnic group Program manager Collaborating Organization Workshop Starting Date Workshop Ending Date Language  Used
Chinese Janilla Lee ACA 10/18/2016 10/17/2017 Chinese
Filipino Ann Tai PNAM 05/17/2017 05/16/2018 English
Indian Meera Vijan ISSO 04/23/2017 04/22/2018 Gujarati/Hindi/English
Korean Mi Dong KACCM 03/27/2017 03/26/2018 Korean

 

If you are interested in more details of this program, please contact AC-SE MI.