WHAT IS PREDIABETES?
Prediabetes happens when a person's blood sugar level is higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.
Without lifestyle changes most people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five to six years.
PEOPLE WITH PREDIABETES
Are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes,
Have a higher risk for heart disease and stroke.
ARE YOU AT RISK FOR PREDIABETES?
You are if:
- You are overweight or obese (BMI ≥25kg/m),
- You are inactive (do not get regular physical activity),
- You are over age 45,
- You have a family history of diabetes (sibling, parent),
- You had gestational diabetes and/or delivered ≥ 9lb. baby,
- You are African American, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander, or American Indian.
If your score shows you are at high risk for prediabetes, talk to your health care provider and ask to be tested for prediabetes. Your health care provider may do a simple blood test to find out if you have prediabetes.
THE NATIONAL DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE TO HELP YOU!
The Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based (proven to work based on research) lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes:
The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making reasonable behavior changes helped participants lose 5% to 7% of their body weight—that is 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person.
It can help people cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half. These lifestyle changes (healthy eating, increased physical activity) reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in people with prediabetes!
People who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes work with a trained lifestyle coach in a group setting during the year-long program.