WHAT IS PREDIABETES?
Prediabetes is when a person’s blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
It is a condition that affects 1 in 3 Americans and can lead to heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes.
Additionally, some populations may have an increased risk for prediabetes, such as those who are 65 years or older, overweight, not doing physical activity regularly, or of the Hispanic/Latino, African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander communities.
WHY SHOULD I CARE? HOW DO I FIND OUT IF I HAVE PREDIABETES?
Those diagnosed with prediabetes are at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes is usually reversible. Type 2 diabetes is not. The good news is that changes in your diet and activity level can make all the difference, meaning the time to act is now.
You have important reasons to stay healthy: your family, your grandkids, your favorite pastimes, and yourself. Don’t let the “pre” in prediabetes fool you. Prediabetes is serious and serves as your wake-up call to take action to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
Finding out if you are at risk for prediabetes is quick and easy. You can take the one-minute, online RiskTest at this link or at the link at the top of this page. By answering a few simple questions about your health – such as whether you have a family history of diabetes and how physically active you are – you can learn if you’re at risk in just 60 seconds. It’s simple. It’s free. And, it can help you live a healthier life.
If your Risk Test results indicate you’re at risk for prediabetes, schedule an appointment with your doctor. A doctor can confirm whether you have prediabetes with a simple blood-based test.
WHAT CAN I DO IF I HAVE PREDIABETES?
If you have prediabetes and you’re ready to take action to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) offers a year-long, evidence-based, lifestyle change program to help.
The program is based on proven science to support changes that lead to a healthier life. In the program, participants work as a group with a trained lifestyle coach who teaches the skills you need to lose weight, eat healthy, become more physically active, and manage stress. It is tailored so that you can learn how to incorporate the traditional foods you love into a healthy eating plan and get moving in ways that are fun for you and possible given your age, fitness level, and environment.
You will join a community of like-minded individuals who lean on one another as they journey together to make healthier choices.
Change is never easy, so the program offers plenty of support from fellow participants in-person, online, or over the phone. Research shows that people with prediabetes who take part in a structured lifestyle change program can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%.