One in three American adults has prediabetes. Do you know if you’re one of them?
Prediabetes means a person’s blood glucose level is higher than normal, but not high enough yet for the person to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. However, if left untreated, this condition can progress to type 2 diabetes, which can lead to blindness, kidney failure, and the loss of toes, feet or legs.
Prediabetes also increases your risk of heart disease and stroke.
The good news is that prediabetes can be reversed through lifestyle changes including healthy eating choices and physical activity. These changes and the resulting weight loss can cut your risk of getting type 2 diabetes in half.
If you don’t know whether or not you are one of the 86 million American adults living with prediabetes, you aren’t alone. People are most likely to have it if they 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 have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds. Nine out of 10 people with prediabetes don’t know they have it.
Take this test to find out if you’re at risk:
If you are indeed at risk, consider joining VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice for our yearlong program, Dodge Diabetes, which will begin Tuesday, June 8. The cost for the program is $85 for the year.
Dodge Diabetes focuses on education and lifestyle changes to help reduce the chances of developing diabetes. Participants will learn how to make healthy food choices, add physical activity into their day, cope with stress, handle obstacles and overcome barriers to stay on track or get back on track when needed, track progress, stay motivated and set goals.
The program is is a Group Lifestyle Balance Program™ taught by a certified diabetes educator that follows curriculum approved by the CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program.
A total of 26 classes will be held throughout the next year on Tuesdays 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Classes will be held virtually via Zoom with a potential for in-person meetings in the Agency’s Guilford Wellness Center once it is deemed safe to do so. For the first four months, the class meets every week, then every other week, and then once a month during the last half of the year.
“Diabetes is a potentially devastating chronic illness, but one that is preventable with the right tools and support,” said Tracy Blanford, RN, Health Promotion Supervisor at VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice. “We are pleased to be able to provide this life-changing program to members of the community we serve. Our goal is to help individuals facing pre-diabetes to incorporate healthy changes into their lives and to maintain these changes to see positive results.”
This program is supported by grant funding from the CT Department of Public Health.
Register for the class on our calendar page here. For more information, call the VNACHCH Helpline at 866.474.5230.
More information you can use:
CDC information on Prediabetes