5 Things to Know About Your Risk for Prediabetes

700x700_Diabetes-01Are you at risk for prediabetes? People with prediabetes have blood glucose (blood sugar) levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. These individuals are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

  1. Often people with prediabetes have no symptoms. According to CDC, 86 million Americans have prediabetes and 9 out of 10 Americans do not know they have it. Take this quiz to determine your risk for prediabetes.
  1. Type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes can often be prevented by making positive lifestyle choices like eating nutritious foods, developing an exercise routine and working toward a healthy weight. Losing 7% of your body weight (14 pounds for a 200-lb person) can reduce your risk by 58%.
  1. With all the nutrition information (and misinformation) available in the world today, it’s difficult to figure out how to create a healthy lifestyle. Even with proper information, taking action and prioritizing change while maintaining happiness (and stress level) is no easy task.
  1. Altru’s Registered Dietitians are here to help you prevent or manage diabetes. Together, you can learn what changes might help you improve your energy level, feel better and prevent complications down the road. The perfect plan for wellness and prevention is not one you’ll find in a book. It’s the one you’re able to stick to and enjoy for the long run. Creating a plan that works for you—that’s what Altru’s dietitians are all about.
  1. Altru’s Diabetes Center serves patients, families and providers in our region through education, leadership, advocacy and research in diabetes, health promotion and preventive services. Our physicians, nurse practitioners, licensed registered dietitians and certified diabetes educators work as a team to bring lifestyle, medications and current technology together to customize diabetes plans for children, adolescents and adults.

If you could benefit from meeting with a dietitian or with any of the education center staff to prevent diabetes, expand your knowledge or get a fresh start with managing your diabetes, please don’t hesitate to call us at 701.780.1838 or ask your physician for a referral. Learn more at altru.org/diabetes.

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