1 in 3 American adults has prediabetes. Do you?

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
1 in 3 American adults has prediabetes.  Do you?

This January Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York will join the American Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ad Council to help households eligible for SNAP learn their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The campaign is called “Do I Have Prediabetes?” and it urges adults to take an easy online risk test to find out where they stand.  

What is prediabetes?  Prediabetes is when your blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough yet for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. If left untreated, prediabetes can progress to type 2 diabetes. With an early diagnosis, prediabetes can be reversed. The good news is you can stop prediabetes from turning into type 2 diabetes!

How do you know if you have prediabetes? To find out if you may have prediabetes, take the test![i] A high score on the test (5 or higher) may indicate you have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.  To be sure, ask your health care provider for a blood test.

What changes can you make to prevent or reverse prediabetes?

Find a program to help you make small changes to reverse prediabetes and prevent type 2 diabetes.  Call your county health department to see what they offer. [ii]

There are 4 ways to prevent or reverse prediabetes: 

o Manage weight[iii]

o Get active[iv]

o Eat healthy[v]

o Quit smoking[vi]

The good news is that you can make small changes now, to avoid getting type 2 diabetes in the future!  Take the prediabetes test to find out if you have prediabetes.

For more information about healthy eating and active living, visit flesny.org.

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[i] https://doihaveprediabetes.org/take-the-risk-test/#/ 

[ii] https://doihaveprediabetes.org/find-your-program/ 

[iii] https://doihaveprediabetes.org/reverse-prediabetes/prediabetes-weight-loss/ 

[iv] https://doihaveprediabetes.org/reverse-prediabetes/exercise-for-prediabetes/ 

[v] https://doihaveprediabetes.org/reverse-prediabetes/prediabetes-diet/

[vi] https://doihaveprediabetes.org/reverse-prediabetes/quitting-smoking-and-prediabetes/ 

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