Prediabetes is a warning to make healthy habits now

Prediabetes is a warning to make healthy habits now

Group Exercise Class

CMH offering Diabetes Prevention Program

06/10/2021

By Arna Vanebo, MS, Registered Dietitian, CMH Medical Nutrition Therapy and Diabetes Education

You know that moment when you’re driving and the traffic light turns yellow? You’ve got two choices: keep your foot on the gas pedal and risk disaster, or slow to a stop and enjoy the song on the radio.

Arna Vanebo, MS, RD, LD
Registered/Licensed Dietitian

Getting a diagnosis of prediabetes is like that.

If your blood sugar levels are high, but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes, your doctor may tell you that you have prediabetes. When you hear that news, you have a choice. You can stay on a path that may lead to type 2 diabetes and all the potential complications that come with it. Or you can use the news as a catalyst for making healthy changes in your life.

Who’s at risk for prediabetes?
Prediabetes typically does not cause symptoms, so it might go undetected. You may want to talk to your health care provider about being tested if:

  • You’re overweight
  • You’re at least 45 years old
  • Your parent or sibling has type 2 diabetes
  • You are physically active fewer than three times a week
  • You ever gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds
  • You had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy)

Turn it around
Building new healthy habits can drop your blood sugar levels to the normal range and significantly lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. It’s easier than you might think.

According to the CDC, you can reduce your risk by losing 7% of your body weight through healthy eating and increasing your activity to at least 150 minutes a week. Research shows that people with prediabetes can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than half by taking part in a structured lifestyle change program.

Free diabetes prevention program
CMH’s new Diabetes Prevention Program starts July 14, 2021. This program is CDC-recognized and based on research. It is focused on healthy eating and physical activity. You are eligible for this program if you:

  • Have been diagnosed with prediabetes based on a blood test completed in the last year,
  • Are a woman and have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy, or
  • Have a positive screening for prediabetes based on the CDC Prediabetes Screening Test

This lifestyle-change program will be offered in-person. This first yearlong cohort will not be billed for the classes, so this is a good time to take advantage of working to improve your overall health and wellbeing.

Please contact me with any questions at 503-338-7592.

Article written with the help of Felicia Struve, Marketing & Communications Coordinator.

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