1 in 3 Americans Has Prediabetes: Are You One of Them?
Prediabetes means a person’s blood glucose(sugar) level is higher than normal, but not yet high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. If left untreated, prediabetes usually progresses into type2 diabetes within a few years.
Diabetes is a serious disease that can result in heart disease, stroke, eye damage or kidney problems and is an underlying cause for potentially life-threatening symptoms if you contract COVID-19.
Find out if you are at risk at DoIHavePrediabetes.org, a website from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
CUT YOUR RISK IN HALF: If you do have prediabetes, you can reverse direction and avoid type 2 diabetes (or at least delay it).
– Manage weight: Lose just 5–7% of your body weight to greatly reduce your risk.
– Be active: Get 30 minutes of moderately intense activity (like walking) 5 days a week.
– Eat healthier: Choose more fruits and veggies and eat fewer sugary, high-fat foods.
The CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program helps people who have prediabetes make changes to their diet and activity habits. Participants can cut their risk of developing diabetes by 58% (71% for people over 60 years old). Learn more at cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention.
HERE’S HELP IF YOU HAVE DIABETES: A healthy lifestyle and close monitoring can greatly reduce how type 2 diabetes affects your health. To give you extra support, the Health Trust offers two free, confidential programs.
Livongo Diabetes Management. Participants use a glucose meter that sends data to Livongo, and based on their results, they receive support from expert coaches to improve health outcomes. Plus, free test strips are automatically replenished. To learn more, please call (800) 945-4355.
Regence Condition Manager. Learn how to manage diabetes with one-on-one assistance from health care professionals who provide extra support in addition to your doctor’s treatment plan. For more information, call (800) 267-6729.