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Are you at risk for prediabetes?

 

84 million American adults—approximately 1 in 3—have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are high but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. 30.3 million Americans—close to 1 in 10—have type 2 diabetes. In Ohio alone, more than 35 percent of people have prediabetes and 11.0 percent have type 2 diabetes.

While many are familiar with type 2 diabetes, nearly 90 percent of people with prediabetes are not aware that they have the condition. People with prediabetes have increased risk to their long-term health, including developing type 2 diabetes in 5-10 years, heart attack and stroke, while those with unmanaged type 2 diabetes are at risk for blindness, kidney failure and amputation.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and more specifically, November 14th, is World Diabetes Day. Take a moment to educate yourself and your loved ones on this public health epidemic by taking a few steps to know where you stand:

• Are you overweight? Have a family history of type 2 diabetes? Older than 45 years old? Take the quick American Diabetes Association Prediabetes Risk Assessment to determine your risk.       

• Do you or someone you know have prediabetes? Research shows that prediabetes can often be reversed through losing a small amount of weight, diet changes and increased physical activity. Want help in reversing prediabetes? Enroll in a diabetes prevention program.

• Newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes? Looking for assistance in managing diabetes? There are many beneficial community programs out there waiting to help!

In Ohio, we have a variety of programs:
    1. Ohio Department of Aging’s Healthy U: Diabetes
    2. American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Self-Management Education
    3. American Association of Diabetes Educators’ Diabetes Self-Management Education

Additional information on prediabetes and diabetes is available online at: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/health/diabetes/odpcp.aspx

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