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. 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, March 3.
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 based on the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s Prevent T2, a successful, evidence-based lifestyle change program. Prevent T2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program.
A total of 26 classes will be held throughout the next year on Tuesdays 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Wellness Center of VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice’s Guilford office. 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.
More information you can use:
CDC information on Prediabetes