Are you at risk for diabetes?

November is National Diabetes Month, and one out of 3 adults in Minneapolis has prediabetes, but most of them don’t know it. People with prediabetes are likely to develop Type 2 diabetes within five years if they don’t take action.

The Health Department encourages people to get screened for Type 2 diabetes and then take action if they’re at risk for developing it.

A person with a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes may have prediabetes, which means blood glucose (sugar) levels higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. You are at risk  for developing prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes if you are: older than 45,  overweight, have a family history of diabetes,  had gestational diabetes during a pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than nine pounds, and are  not physically active.

People can talk to their healthcare providers or take a short online quiz to find out if they are at risk for prediabetes.

Reduce your risk

People with prediabetes who lose 5 to 7 percent of their body weight (7-10 pounds for a 147-pound person or 10-14 pounds for a 200-pound person) through healthy eating and physical activity habits can reduce their risks of developing Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. The National Diabetes Prevention Program can help people with prediabetes make those lifestyle changes.

The Minneapolis Health Department, with funding from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sponsors a prevention program for Minneapolis residents. Participants work with   a trained coach for 16 weeks to learn healthy eating, exercise routines, how to manage stress and stay motivated to make healthy changes. New classes are forming now. Learn more here, or call a class provider directly:

Published Nov 17, 2015

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