You Could Have Prediabetes and Not Know It

diabetes 1Two Healthy Changes Can Reduce Your Risk

One in three adults in America has prediabetes … and nine out of ten of them don’t even know they have it. Could this be you?

Prediabetes occurs when your blood sugar level is higher than normal—and it signals an increased risk for developing diabetes within a few years. Diabetes is a serious disease that can result in heart disease, stroke, eye damage or kidney problems.

If you have prediabetes, you have the power to make two healthy changes that will prevent you from developing diabetes (or at least delay it).

  1. Lose 5-7% of your body weight, which would be 9 to 13 pounds for a 180-pound person.
  2. Get at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week, or about 20 minutes per day.

ARE YOU AT RISK?

It is important to find out if you have prediabetes, because early treatment can prevent serious problems later. People usually don’t have any symptoms with prediabetes, so ask your doctor to test your blood sugar level if you have any of these risk factors:

  • Are 45 years or older
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Exercise less than three times a week
  • Have a parent, brother or sister with diabetes
  • Had diabetes during a pregnancy or gave birth to a large baby (weighing more than nine pounds)
  • Are African American, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American, Pacific Islander or Native American

Take a quick online quiz to determine your risk of having prediabetes at DoIHavePrediabetes.org, a website created by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

You can print out your quiz results to discuss with your doctor—and also ask about whether you are a candidate for the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the CDC. This is a proven program that motivates and supports people who have prediabetes to make practical, real-life changes and cut their risk of developing diabetes by more than half.

REGENCE CONDITION MANAGER OFFERS PERSONALIZED HELP

If you have diabetes, Regence Condition Manager can help you learn to manage it. The program is available to participants who have diabetes or one of these conditions: asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary artery disease or congestive heart failure. It is free, voluntary and confidential.

Through Regence Condition Manager, health care professionals provide one-on-one assistance to help you improve your overall health, giving you extra support in addition to your doctor’s treatment plan. To learn more, call 800-245-9272 (toll-free).

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