February Newsletter

February Newsletter

Tip of the Month

Targeting Prediabetes

 

What is prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but are not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. People with prediabetes are at increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Why does it often make sense to target prediabetes?

Prevalence of prediabetes is significant. According to the CDC:

  • 86 million (more than 1 in 3) American adults age 20 years or older have prediabetes.
  • 9 out of 10 people with prediabetes do not know they have it.  The good news is that behavioral changes can have big impact.
  • According to the CDC, if you have prediabetes, losing weight by eating healthy and being more active can cut your risk of getting type 2 diabetes in half.

What are the risk factors which increase the likelihood of developing diabetes?

Being overweight or obese.

Having a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes.

Being African American, American Indian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, or Hispanic American/Latino heritage.

Having a prior history of gestational diabetes or birth of at least one baby weighing more than 9 pounds.

Having high blood pressure measuring 140/90 or higher.

Having abnormal cholesterol with HDL (“good”) cholesterol is 35 or lower, or triglyceride level is 250 or higher.

Being physically inactive—exercising fewer than three times a week.

For more information, see the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse’s Am I at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?

 

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