Prediabetes is a blood glucose (sugar) level that is higher than normal but not high enough yet to be type 2 diabetes. 84 million Americans have prediabetes and are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Of the 84 million, 90% do not know they have prediabetes.
When not acted upon, prediabetes can lead to the development of type 2 diabetes within 5 years. Prediabetes also increases the risk of other serious health issues such as heart attack and stroke. However, if you have prediabetes, this does not mean that you WILL develop type 2 diabetes. YOU can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes by eating smarter, becoming more physically active, and losing weight.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have type 2 diabetes, your body can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.
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.
Are you wondering if you’re at risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes? Keep reading or click here to take a quick risk test to find out. You are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if one or more of the following applies to you:
At risk does not necessarily mean you have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes and you can prevent it, starting today! Finding the Life in 24 program was your first step on that journey. If you have prediabetes, now is the time for prevention. Life in 24’s lifestyle change program can help you take charge of your health to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Visit our Community or Program pages to learn more about us and how we can provide you with the skills to prevent diabetes.
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