There’s a program offered in your area that can help you lose weight and live a longer, healthier life. Did you know that 79 million American adults are at risk for diabetes? And most don’t know it! That is an astounding fact. Put another way, 1 in 3 American adults has pre-diabetes. The risk goes up to over 50% for seniors aged 65 years or older.
About 1.8 million adults in Washington has prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. And most people with prediabetes don’t even know they have it. People with pre-diabetes often do not experience any symptoms. A person’s risk for diabetes includes: a family history of diabetes, history of gestational diabetes, being over the age of 45, overweight, and physically inactive. Click here to take the simple test to know your risk score. The Diabetes Prevention Program is a proven program that can help ou lose weight and prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes for people at risk.
Road to Health: Diabetes Prevention Program is a 16-week lifestyle change program that supports people in making changes to reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program empowers people to lower their risk for type 2 diabetes by losing modest amounts of weight by decreasing fat and calorie intake and participating in regularly in physical activity.
The sessions will help participants develop lifelong skills for healthy living through step-by-step changes. Following the sixteen-week series, monthly sessions will be held to help participants maintain their lifestyle changes.
Diabetes can also lead to other serious health issues.
- Twice as likely to have depression2
- 2x the risk of death as compared to people of similar age but without diabetes2
- 2 in 3 have high blood pressure3
- 2 to 4x more likely to develop heart disease or stroke3
- 3x more likely to die with flu and pneumonia4
Some people face a higher risk than others.
- Those with a family history of diabetes
- Women who have had polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or delivered a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
- Overweight or obese people, especially those with belly fat around the abdomen
- Those who have high cholesterol and high triglycerides
- Men and women who are inactive
- Older people, because they may be less able to process sugar appropriately
GET TESTED TODAY
The A1C test is a test to determne wheher you have prediabetes. A1C shows the average amount of glucose in the blood over the past 3-4 months.
Another method is the fasting plasma glucose test, which measures the amount of glucose in your bloodstream at a point in time after you fasted.
Reversing Prediabetes is Possible
Here are some practical ways it can be done:
1.) Lose weight: In many cases, losing just 10-15 pounds – especially belly fat – can make a huge difference and return blood glucose levels to a normal range. Just a 7% weight loss can reduce your risk of diabetes.
2.) Exercise more: Relax – it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Thirty minutes of moderate activiaity most days of the week is enough. Even short walks are effective.
3.) Stay away from unhealty foods: Find comparative alternatives to high fat and sugary foods.
4.) Live Healty: Make a fresh start by watching your diet, quit smoking, be responsible with alcohol and get plenty of sleep.
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1919 NE 78th St Vancouver, WA 98665-9752
360-397-6060 Ext 5700
Not Me Diabetes Prevention
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (Thursday)
March 5 – June 18
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM (Thursday)
March 12 – June 25
For more info call:
360-397-6060 Ext 5700
You must be enrolled by
the 3rd session.
Fee: Varies based on insurance coverage, income, use of flexible spending accounts, or scholarships or private pay. Fees may be covered by your medical insurance, potential scholarships or a sliding fee schedule.
Millions are at risk and don’t even know it.
Got 30 seconds? Click here to take the Pre-Diabetes Quiz – it could add years to your life.
What is diabetes?
What is prediabetes?
Are you at risk?
Diabetes by Ethnic Background
7.1% non-Hispanic whites
12.6% non-Hispanic blacks
11.8% of Hispanics
7.6% of Cubans
13.3% of Mexican Americans
13.8% of Puerto Ricans
What is Prediabetes?
Prediabetes is when you have higher blood sugar levels than normal, maybe enough to start doing damage to the body. Fortunately, it can often be reversed through weight loss, a healthier diet and an increase in activity. But if the blood sugar levels in your body become too high, it can develop into diabetes. Once that happens, it cannot be reversed.
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