Understanding Your Risk
It is estimated that half of Shasta County adults have prediabetes, and most don’t know it. You are at higher risk if you are older than 40, overweight, not physically active, or have a family member with diabetes. The good news is, with a little exercise and change in diet, it can often be reversed.
Hear how small changes over time helped Grant improve his health and reverse prediabetes.
Prediabetes = Prevent Diabetes
You may have prediabetes for years and not know it because there may be no clear symptoms. Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have pre-diabetes—blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. You may have some of the symptoms of diabetes or even some of the complications. Talk to your doctor and get your blood sugar tested.
Prediabetes, A Chance To Turn Things Around
If you find out that you have prediabetes, you still have a chance to turn things around. You can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by making lasting lifestyle changes that include eating healthy, being more active, managing stress and losing some weight. Small changes can make a big impact.
You Have The Power
Let’s face it, if change was easy, we would all do it. You have spent years developing habits, and you can’t expect to change overnight. We can help.
If you have prediabetes, we suggest joining a diabetes prevention lifestyle change program that is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These programs offer effective, scientifically-proven skills that can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. We are proud to have a CDC-recognized program right here in our community at the Shasta Family YMCA.