1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prediabetes. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/prediabetes.html. 2018.
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Research-Based Prevention Programs. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/prediabetes-type2/preventing.html. 2018.
Prediabetes is when blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as Type 2 Diabetes.
The following risk factors increase your chances of prediabetes and developing Type 2 Diabetes:
Being age 45 or older
Having a parent or sibling who has Type 2 Diabetes
A previous Gestational Diabetes Diagnosis
Having had a baby with a birth weight of 9 or more pounds.
The South Dakota Department of Health's Undo the Risk campaign works to help educate South Dakotans about prediabetes. The website provides information about prediabetes, undoing the risk, and available National Diabetes Prevention Programs.
Healthy eating and exercise are key to delaying or preventing the onset of Type 2 Diabetes. By losing 5 to 7 percent of your weight, you can reduce the chances of developing Type 2 Diabetes by 58% (71% for individuals over 60). For a 200 pound individual, that is only a weight loss of 10 to 14 pounds.
When it comes to prediabetes, simple life changes can make a big difference. Click on a link to the left to learn more about diabetes prevention, Diabetes Prevention Programs, healthy eating, and more.