Prevent Type 2 diabetes with The Diabetes Prevention Program offered by SVHC

October 13, 2016

 

What Is Prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a blood glucose (sugar) level that is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. One in three American adults has prediabetes, and most do not even know they have it. If you have prediabetes and do not lose weight or do moderate physical activity, you may develop type 2 diabetes within 3 years.

Am I at Risk for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?

You are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years of age or older;

  • Are overweight;

  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;

  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or

  • Ever had diabetes while pregnant which disappeared after the delivery (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.

If you think you may be at risk, a health care provider can do a blood test to see if you have diabetes or prediabetes.

 

Contact your local lifestyle coach (erin@sevenvalleyshealth.org or 607-756-4198) to enroll in the Diabetes Prevention Program being offered this fall in the County Office Building starting October 27th at noon. Take the prediabetes self assessment here
 

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