Learn About Prediabetes
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.
Approximately 1 in 3 adults in the United States has prediabetes. There are no symptoms of prediabetes. Many people find out they have prediabetes when they go to a health care professional and have their blood glucose tested.
Risk factors for prediabetes include:
- being age 45 years or older
- being overweight
- having a family history of type 2 diabetes
- having high blood pressure
- leading a sedentary lifestyle
- having had gestational diabetes or given birth to a baby over 9 pounds
If you have prediabetes this does not mean that you WILL develop type 2 diabetes. YOU can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes by losing weight, becoming more physically active, and reducing stress.
Take the test to determine your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, it’s only a few questions: Risk Test.
Diabetes Prevention Programs
Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPPs) are classes designed to empower people at risk for prediabetes to take charge of their health and well-being.
If you are ready to make the changes needed to prevent type 2 diabetes, keep reading.
This proven lifestyle change program can help you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
During the 12-month program you will:
- Work with a trained lifestyle coach
- Receive support from others working on the same goals as you
- Be empowered to make healthy eating and physical activity choices
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
- Identify ways to manage stress
- Implement strategies to stay motivated
- Attend classes either in-person or online
Example of Onsite Program
Example of Online Program
Both the onsite and online programs are delivered by trained lifestyle coaches who understand the difficulty of making changes and are there to help you every step of the way. Each hour-long lesson introduces one strategy that has been proven to help prevent type 2 diabetes. Each lesson includes simple steps that you can take to eat healthy and be active. You will leave each lesson feeling empowered and motivated to make changes in your life to prevent diabetes.
Phase I includes at least 16 lessons focused on the basic strategies needed to prevent diabetes. These lessons will motivate and empower you to make healthier food choices, increase physical activity, lose weight and manage your stress levels.
Phase II includes at least 6 lessons that occur less often than the lessons in Phase I. These lessons provide additional support and cover specific topics such as stress and eating, maintaining weight during the holidays, heart health, healthy cooking, and strategies to maintain your weight loss.
You can register to attend the 12-month program in either an onsite or online format. You will participate in the ENTIRE program in the format that you select at the time of registration.Find a Program