Know Your Risk For Prediabetes


(NAPSA)—While many people are familiar with type 2 diabetes, fewer are aware of prediabetes, a serious health condition that affects 86 million Americans— more than one in three—and can often lead to type 2 diabetes. ||] Nearly 90 percent of those with prediabetes don’t know they have it. People with prediabetes have higher than normalblood glucose (sugar), but not at levels high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. When you have prediabetes, you’re at increased risk for other serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes, stroke and You may beat risk for diabetes The Problem heart disease. If left untreated, current research estimates that 15 to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years. The Good News Fortunately, prediabetes can often be reversed through weight loss, diet changes and increased physical activity. The key is to find out early whether you're at risk. That’s why the American Diabetes Association, the American Medical Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have partnered with the Ad Council to launch a public service campaign to raise awareness of prediabetes and help those who have the condition take steps to reverseit. Learn The Risk Factors There are a numberof risk factors that increase the likelihood of prediabetes. These include race and ethnicity (African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, Pacific Islanders and some Asian Americans are at higherrisk); being overweight; not being physically active; having a parent, brother or sister with type 2 diabetes; having high blood pressure; and being over the age of 40. Know Where You Stand Find out if you mayhaveprediabetes by taking the short online test at and not even knowit. A simple online test can help youtell. You can also text RISKTEST to 97779 to take the test through your phoneor mobile device. Take Steps To Reverse The Condition You can take steps to reduce your risk by managing your weight, getting active, eating healthier and quitting smoking. Here are hints that can help: 1. Losing just 5 to 7 percent of your body weight can slow or even reverse prediabetes. For a person who weighs 200 pounds, that’s only 10 to 15 pounds. 2. Set realistic goals. Start with one change in your diet and build from there. 3. Get at least 24% hoursoflight aerobic activity per week. This could be as simple as going for a brisk 30minute walk five days a week. Even 10 minutesat a time addsup. 4. Find simple ways to be more active throughout the day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park farther away from the entrance of a storefront when you shop. 5. Try to cut down on foods with saturated fat or trans fat, and hydrogenated fat or partially hydrogenated fat. Check labels to help you make healthy choices. Just remember, low-fat doesn’t have to be low on flavor. Roast, broil, grill, steam or bakeinsteadoffry. 6.If you smoke, talk with your doctor about treatments or programsthat can help you quit. Free Help, Facts And Stats Visit for more tips and information about CDC-recognized diabetes prevention programs.