Having prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. People with prediabetes are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal glucose levels. Prediabetes also raises your risk of heart disease and stroke.
One out of three American adults has prediabetes. You may have prediabetes and be at risk for 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 3 times per week
- Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds
Click here to take the prediabetes screening test and call Diabetes Management if your score shows you are at risk for prediabetes.
Prevent Type 2 Diabetes with the Diabetes Prevention Program
If you have prediabetes or other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, it's time to take charge of your health.
With the Diabetes Prevention Program, you get:
- A CDC-approved curriculum
- The skills you need to lose weight, be more physically active and manage stress
- A trained lifestyle coach to guide and encourage you
- Support from other participants with the same goals as you - and fun
- A year-long program with weekly meetings for the first 6 months, then once or twice a month for the second 6 months
Diabetes Prevention Program participants learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes. The program is based on research that showed that people with prediabetes who lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight by making modest changes reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.
Participation in this year-long program is $500/participant. However, some insurance plans will cover the cost. Check with your insurance provider to see if the Diabetes Prevention Program is covered.