Prevention Strategies for You
Prediabetes is when blood glucose (sugar) levels in your blood are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. Insulin helps your body to change sugars and starches into energy. Your blood glucose levels increase when your body isn't making enough insulin or insulin isn't working as effectively as it has in the past.
Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPPs) are classes designed to empower people at risk for prediabetes to take charge of their health and well-being. For more information on DPPs in North Carolina click here.
Diabetes Risk Factors
Diabetes is a growing concern in North Carolina, the nation and the world. To find out if you are at risk, take the Diabetes Risk Assessment. For more information on risk factors for diabetes, visit diabetesnc.com/about_risk.php.
Talk to your health care provider if you think that you are at risk for type 2 diabetes.
If you have prediabetes, or are at risk for developing diabetes, try these helpful tips to prevent type 2 diabetes.
Follow Healthy Eating Guidelines
Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables at every meal and for every snack.
Get Adequate Sleep
Not getting enough sleep can increase your risk of developing diabetes and complications from diabetes.
Live Tobacco Free
Smoking is a proven risk factor for diabetes, with smokers being 30-40% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to non-smokers.
Manage Your Stress
Learning to reduce and cope with stress can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
Manage Your Weight
If you are overweight, losing five to seven percent of your current weight can cut your chances of developing type 2 diabetes in half.
Participate in Regular Physical Activity
Physical activity is essential. Get at least 30 minutes every day to decrease your chance of developing diabetes.
“My doctor told me that I had prediabetes. I knew I had to do something. My glucose was 127 and A1c was 5.9. On a Sunday morning on my way to work, I heard about this Diabetes Prevention Program on the radio. I immediately contacted them to sign up for the program. Today, I am thrilled to report that I have lost 10 pounds, and my blood sugar has improved.
My doctor was thrilled and very interested in the program. He asked questions and was going to recommend it to his patients.
Thank you for all that you do. I am proof that this program works. I've learned so much and met wonderful people. It's a journey to a healthier me, and my lifestyle coach was magnificent!”Peg, Participant in the Diabetes Prevention Program