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Press Release, 06/14/2016:
NH DHHS Releases Prediabetes Prevalence Report

What Is Prediabetes?

Prediabetes Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol 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. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15 to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.

 

Am I at Risk for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?

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.

Can I Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?

Yes! Hearing your doctor say, "You're at risk for type 2 diabetes," or "You have prediabetes," means that you can start preventing type 2 diabetes today. And you do not have to do it alone. The National Diabetes Prevention Program can help you take charge of your health to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

What Is the National Diabetes Prevention Program?

NDPPNational Diabetes Prevention Program features an approach that is proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. As part of a group, you will work with a trained lifestyle coach and other participants to learn the skills you need to make lasting lifestyle changes.

 

For example, you will learn to:

  • Eat healthy
  • Add physical activity to your life
  • Manage stress
  • Stay on track when eating out

National Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle coaches have the experience and training to help you reach your goals. Your lifestyle coach will help you:

  • Set and meet your goals
  • Build relationships with other participants
  • Work as a group to meet challenges
  • Stay motivated
  • Solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes

For more information about prediabetes and National Diabetes Prevention Program and to find programs in your area, visit preventdiabetesnh.org.

Information provided by the National Center for Chronic Disease and Health Promotion, Division of Diabetes Translation.

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