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Know your pre-diabetes facts

What is pre-diabetes?

Pre-diabetes is when your blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to be type 2 diabetes. Having pre-diabetes means you have a high risk of developing diabetes. But with some healthy habits, you can stop it. You can lower your blood sugar to a normal level by:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Being active for 30 minutes a day
  • Staying at a healthy weight

Are you at risk for diabetes?

Some people are more likely to develop diabetes. Just because you have some risk factors doesn't mean you'll get diabetes. Healthy choices can reduce your risk. Here are some risk factors:

  • Family history — Having a parent or sibling with diabetes
  • Race — Being Hispanic, American Indian, African American or Asian American
  • Age — Being older than 50
  • Weight — Being overweight or obese
  • Exercise — Having a low activity level

If you have more than three risk factors, talk to your doctor. It might make sense for you to be tested for pre-diabetes. We also encourage you to join our Diabetes Care program if you've been diagnosed with diabetes or if your doctor thinks you're at a higher risk for diabetes. You'll work with a health coach to find easy ways to get healthy. See healthhappens.com for details, and test your risk at stopdiabetes.com.

Symptoms of diabetes

Diabetes and pre-diabetes can have similar symptoms. If you don't manage them, some symptoms can lead to more serious problems. Symptoms include:

  • Having to use the bathroom more than usual
  • Always being thirsty
  • Fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Tingling in your hands and feet

If you have these symptoms or questions about pre-diabetes, call your provider.

Source: Mayo Clinic

National Diabetes Prevention Program

If you live in one of these counties and are pre-diabetic, you may be able to participate in the National Diabetes Prevention Program:

  • Baker
  • Lake
  • Sherman
  • Gilliam
  • Malheur
  • Umatilla
  • Grant
  • Marion
  • Union
  • Harney
  • Morrow
  • Wallowa
  • Polk
  • Wheeler

This program is based on a successful program from the National Institutes of Health. It focuses on healthy eating, regular activity and some weight loss. Over a year, people in this program have greatly reduced their risk of going from pre-diabetes to type 2 diabetes. To learn more, please call 800-838-3186 for the CCNO (EOCCO counties) or 503-581-9622 for the YMCA (Marion and Polk counties).

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