(KAIT/NBC) - A yearlong program called "Prevent T2" was approved by the CDC to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes for those considered at risk.
According to educators, a candidate must be 18 years or older, overweight, and have either some lab values that will qualify like a higher than normal blood sugar level.
"Participants will lose between 57 percent of their starting body weight, and that they'll be exercising 150 minutes per week," said Gudrun Novak, certified diabetes educator.
Hazel Griggs is a diabetes patient. She said it sounds intimidating, but it's the type of education that turned her life around.
She said it's helped prevent further damage to her organs and prolong her life.
"My hemoglobin A1C, which is used to measure your blood glucose levels, over a 2 to 3 month period have dropped drastically," said Griggs.
Experts said going through the program can cut the risk of getting type 2 diabetes in half.
For patients 60 years or older, it can actually reduce the risk of diabetes by 70 percent.
In addition to getting more exercise, a healthy diet is crucial to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Doctors suggest choosing foods with less trans fat, saturated fat and added sugars.