What is Prediabetes

According to the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), they are estimating that at least 7.7% (or 335,000) of Indiana adults, were told by a doctor or other health professional that they have prediabetes.

What is Prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have higher than normal blood glucose levels, but not high enough to be diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes. If you have prediabetes, you are at a high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Within the next five years,15-30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes. Once a person has been diagnosed with diabetes, it can be managed, but it never goes away.

Am I at Risk for Prediabetes?

Take the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) online Prediabetes Screening Test and find out if you are personally at risk. 

Take the American Diabetes Association's Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test. 

What Can I Do if I Have Prediabetes?

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Become more physically active.
  • See your physician and have your blood glucose checked regularly.
  • Join a National Diabetes Prevention Program.

What is the National Diabetes Prevention Program?

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is offered to help people make necessary lifestyle changes. The program was designed and piloted in Indiana by the Indiana University School of Medicine, and has proven to prevent and/or delay type 2 diabetes. This program helped people cut their risk for diabetes in half!

In this year-long program, participants work with a trained "Lifestyle Coach" in a group-like setting to set personal goals, learn how to eat healthy, add daily physical activity, stay motivated, and problem solve issues that can get in the way of making healthy lifestyle changes. Each class meets for one hour:

  • Once per week for the first 16 weeks - then, upon completion;
  • Once or twice per month for 8 months to help with maintenance of these healthy lifestyle changes.

What are the Goals of the Program?

There are only two goals:

  • Lose five to seven percent of your body weight if you are overweight (approximately 10-14 pounds for a 200 pound person) through basic nutrition education
  • Achieve 150 minutes of physical activity each week.
     

How Do I Join a Lifestyle Change Program?

These lifestyle change programs are offered two ways:

Indiana Diabetes Prevention Network Locations