Start Today & Take Control
Why is prevention so important? Type 2 diabetes is a serious, long-lasting health condition that can lead to other serious health issues such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, and kidney failure. If you can prevent or even delay getting type 2 diabetes, you can lower your risk for all those other conditions. You can have prediabetes for years but have no clear symptoms, so it often goes undetected. Find out if you are at risk and take control now!
Take an Online Prediabetes Quiz. If your quiz result shows you are at high risk for type 2 diabetes, talk to your doctor about getting a simple blood sugar test to confirm it.
What to Do if You Have Prediabetes
If you are diagnosed, you will need to make some lifestyle changes!
Step 1: Prevention Programs
Sign up for a diabetes prevention program. National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) offers this is program to cut the risk for type 2 diabetes in half. It consists of a full year of support and teaches how to eat healthy, add physical activity to your routine, manage stress, stay motivated and solve problems that can get in the way of your goals.
Don't wait! Visit the Kansas Self-Management Education (KSME) website to learn more and find a DPP near you.
Step 2: Lifestyle Changes
Make lifestyle changes on your own. See the following recommendations and use a Preventing Type 2 Diabetes Guide developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help you take the first steps toward preventing type 2 diabetes.
- Make a plan that works for you, so you can stick to it over time
- Eat a variety of healthy foods from the major food groups to make sure you get the vitamins and minerals you need:
- Dairy or dairy alternatives
- Lean protein
- Cook more meals at home and be smart when you eat out by planning ahead
- Watch your portion sizes and choose water or unsweetened drinks over juices or sugary beverages
Be More Physically Active
- Decide and put in on your calendar to help make it a habit. Start small and build up from there; make it a goal to be active 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week
- Begin by finding something that you like doing and then do it with a moderate intensity; it should make you breathe harder and make your heart beat faster:
- Mowing the lawn
- Playing sports
- Walking is a wonderful way to increase your physical activity. It is good for all fitness levels and just 10 minutes at a time can make a difference
Set a Weight Loss Goal (if Needed)
If you are overweight and have prediabetes, shedding just 5% of your weight can help reverse prediabetes. Learn more about assessing your weight and reducing your risk.