Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

What is Prediabetes?

Prediabetes means your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not high enough to diagnose as diabetes. Click here to learn more.

“Approximately 84 million American adults -more than 1 out of 3 – have prediabetes. 90% don’t know they have it” (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018). Have you been diagnosed as prediabetic or is it possible that you might fit into the 90% that don’t know they have it?

Determine your Risk

You may have prediabetes and be at risk for type 2 diabetes if you are:

  • 45 years of age or older
  • Overweight
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Physically active fewer than 3 times per week
  • Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more
    than 9 lbs.?

If you answered yes to one or more of the risk factors above, you might be at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The good news is, PreventT2, a type 2 diabetes prevention program is being offered in Putnam County, Florida.

Putnam County PreventT2

PreventT2 is a part of the National Diabetes Prevention program led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a proven intervention to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. The goals of the PreventT2 program are to lose at least 5 – 7% of your starting weight and focus on making lifestyle changes, such as, increasing weekly physical activity.

PreventT2 is a year-long program that meets weekly for the first 16 weeks, then 1-2 times per month for the remainder of the year. PreventT2 is being offered FREE through a partnership between UF IFAS Extension – Putnam County and the Florida Department of Health – Putnam County.

For more information or to see if you qualify for the PreventT2 program in Putnam County, contact Wendy Lynch, 386-329-0318.

Posted: February 6, 2018

Category: Health & Nutrition
Tags: Health, Prediabetes, Preventt2, Wendylynch

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