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Prediabetes is a blood 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. If you have prediabetes and do not lose weight or do moderate physical activity, you may develop type 2 diabetes within three years. Join our free Journey to Wellness classes to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Most of the food we eat is turned into 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 and sugar builds up in your blood.
Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition. It can lead to health issues such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet or legs. Take control of your diabetes by joining our free Diabetes Self-Empowerment classes.
You are at an increased risk for 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 3 times per week or
- Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.
If you think you may be at risk, a health care provider can do a blood test to see if you have diabetes or prediabetes. Join our free Journey to Wellness classes to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.