The Diabetes Prevention Program
Type 2 Diabetes is highly preventable. A few simple lifestyle changes can help make the difference. Losing 5% - 7% of you body weight and being physically active for 150 minutes each week has been proven to work.
There are also local diabetes prevention programs that can help too. If your screening number is high, check in with your doctor and get a referral to a program in your area. Don't put it off any longer.
Curious about prediabetes and your risk level?
Check out this quick quiz, or the quiz on this page. Depending on your score, you may want to check in with your doctor about your risk of getting diabetes. Did you know, that 1 out of 3 adults have prediabetes? Prediabetes is a period in time when your blood glucose levels are slightly elevated, but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. The good news is, type 2 diabetes is highly preventable. With a few simple lifestyle changes, it is possible to avoid getting type 2 diabetes. There are also Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPP) around the state of Iowa. These programs are evidence-based and highly successful at preventing type 2 diabetes. Find a program in Iowa here.
Risk Factors for Diabetes
- Being 45 years or older
- Having a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes
- Being physically active less than 3 times a week
- Ever having gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or giving birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds
- Having polycystic ovary syndrome
Race and ethnicity are also a factor: African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, Pacific Islanders, and some Asian Americans are at higher risk. (CDC, 2017)
Schedule a visit with your doctor to complete a blood test.
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