What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin (insulin resistance). Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors appear to play roles.
What is Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?
Prediabetes – A condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes – is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 – Generally occurs after the age of 30; now increasingly seen among youth and young adults. Over-weight/obesity is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, and it is mainly controlled with diet, exercise and medication. is the most common form of diabetes. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have type 2 diabetes, your body can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood. Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition. It can lead to health issues such as heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.
What is the Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program?
PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC). It is proven to help people with prediabetes prevent or delay development of
type 2 diabetes.
What Is the Benefit of Being Part of a Diabetes Prevention Program?
The Diabetes Prevention lifestyle change program can help you lose weight, become more physically active, and reduce stress.
With Diabetes Prevention Program, you get:
• A proven program to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes
• A trained lifestyle coach
• A year-long program with weekly meetings for the first 6 months, then once or twice a month for the second 6 months
• Support from others like you as you learn new skills