One out of three adults – 86 million Americans – has prediabetes, but 90 percent of them don’t know it, according to the CDC. Prediabetes occurs when your blood glucose (sugar) levels fall above normal but below type 2 diabetes levels.
You may be at risk for prediabetes if you:
- Are 45 or older
- Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
- Have high blood pressure
- Participate in physical activity fewer than three times a week
- Had gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds
If you have prediabetes, you may be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes within five years. Type 2 diabetes increases the risk of heart attack; stroke; kidney failure; blindness; and the loss of toes, feet or legs.
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The good news is if you have prediabetes, research shows that you can still prevent or delay developing type 2 diabetes.
Here are some things you can do on your own right now to fight your diabetes risk:
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Diabetes Prevention Program is a highly effective and research based lifestyle intervention program aimed at reducing risk of developing diabetes by 58 percent. The best results are seen in those who meet with a coach every week and stay in the program for a full year. The program supports participants in achieving moderate weight loss by eating well and being active. Participants learn self-management skills and are encouraged to use their fitness log, food log, weight log, and action plan journal to help track their progress.
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If you haven't already, get in touch with the Providence Health Coaching Program to determine your eligibility and help you get started.