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Prediabetes

The Facts

88 million American adults — more than 1 out of 3 — have prediabetes.

More than 8 in 10 adults with prediabetes don’t know they have it.

With prediabetes your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes increases your risk of:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke

 

If you have prediabetes, losing weight by eating healthy and being more active can cut your risk of getting type 2 diabetes in half.

Are you at Risk?

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are many factors you can control. Prediabetes is a condition that can lead to type 2 diabetes and even heart disease. Your chances of having prediabetes go up if you:

  • Are 45 or older
  • Are Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American or Pacific Islander
  • Have a parent, brother or sister with diabetes
  • Are overweight
  • Are physically inactive
  • Have high blood pressure or take medicine for high blood pressure
  • Have low HDL cholesterol and/or high triglycerides
  • Had diabetes during pregnancy
  • Have been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome
  • 1 in 3 adults has prediabetes. See if you are at risk by taking the prediabetes risk test.

You can get a simple blood sugar test to find out if you have prediabetes.

Ask your doctor if you should be tested.

Diabetes Prevention Program

If you have prediabetes, losing a small amount of weight if you’re overweight and getting regular physical activity can lower your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. 

A lifestyle change program offered through the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program can help you do that.  This free program offers a year of support.

Class Topics:

  • Eat healthy
  • Learning to food shop effectively
  • Add physical activity that you enjoy to your life
  • Address barriers that get in the way of meeting your goals
  • Stress management

Participants who lost 5-7% of their body weight and added 150 minutes of exercise per week can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 58% (71% for people over 60 years old). Let us help you create healthy habits. You can change your lifestyle for life.  The best time to prevent type 2 diabetes is now.