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Diabetes Prevention

Almost 500,000 people in West Virginia have pre-diabetes. Are you at risk?

What is pre-diabetes?

Before people develop type 2 Diabetes they usually have what is called pre-diabetes. You may have heard this referred to as “borderline” diabetes. Pre-diabetes is a condition in which individuals blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.

Pre-diabetes usually has no symptoms. The vast majority of people living with diabetes don’t know they have it. Some long term damage to the body, especially the heart and circulation may already be occurring. A person who has pre-diabetes is 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than someone with a normal blood glucose.

 

Who is at risk for pre-diabetes?

  • I am 45 years of age or older
  • I am obese or overweight
  • I have a parent or sibling with diabetes
  • My family background is African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander
  • I had diabetes while I was pregnant or I gave birth to a baby weighing 9 pounds or more
  • I am physically active less than three times per week


Click Here for the Diabetes Prevention Screening Test

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If the screening shows you could have pre-diabetes, talk to a healthcare provider about getting your blood glucose level checked as soon as possible. If the glucose level indicates you have pre-diabetes you should consider enrolling in an evidenced based lifestyle change program.

Potomac Valley Hospital joins Change the Future of WV in offering “Group Lifestyle Balance”.  This is a National Diabetes Prevention Program.  Call 304-597-3565 for further information.