1 out of 3 American adults has pre-diabetes, but you can make changes now to improve your health and prevent type 2 diabetes. Sign up for classes now to learn how! Crook County Health Department’s Kylie Loving is organizing the Prevent T2 program right here in Prineville. Call Kylie at 541-447-3260, or email her at Kloving@h.co.crook.or.us for more information.
PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This program helps people with prediabetes prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition. It can lead to health issues such as heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.
Prediabetes is a blood glucose (sugar) level that is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. One in three American adults has prediabetes, and most do not even know they have it. If you have prediabetes and do not lose weight or do moderate physical activity, you can develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.
You are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:
• Are 45 years of age or older;
• Are overweight;
• Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;
• Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or
• Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.
If you think you may be at risk, a health care provider can do a blood test to see if you have diabetes or prediabetes. You can also take this online self-assessment at https://doihaveprediabetes.org/