One in three American adults is on the road to developing type 2 diabetes. And nine times out of 10, they don’t know it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But you can be the exception. The first step is to take a one-minute quiz about your risk factors for prediabetes, or higher than normal blood sugar. If you do have the condition, you can lower your risk of progressing to diabetes with modest lifestyle changes. The Diabetes Prevention Program and MHealthy can help.
First, Take The Quiz About Your Prediabetes Risk Factors
Got a minute right now?
- This short video walks you through the quiz– with baby goats!
- Or if you prefer to write things down, you can take the quiz here.
If You Score 5 or More, Ask Your Doctor About Prediabetes Testing
If you score 5 or more on the quiz, talk to your doctor about testing for prediabetes. Prediabetes means your blood sugar is above normal and you could develop type 2 diabetes in the next few years. It also makes you more likely to have a heart attack or stroke down the road.
That’s the bad news—but there’s good news too. With a little help, you can lower your health risks, get your numbers under control and have more energy to do what you love.
With a Little Help, You Can Change Your Future
If you have U-M Premier Care coverage, you can get coaching and support to help you move more, eat better and manage stress through the Diabetes Prevention Program. Premier Care covers the program online or in person with no out-of-pocket cost for eligible members with prediabetes.
More than 500 U-M members have joined the program over the past two years. After six months, they’ve lost weight and increased their activity by over two hours per week.
“I've lost 50 pounds and my blood sugar and cholesterol are both normal now,” said participant Kent Seckinger. “I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who is motivated to make changes for their health."
If you don’t have Premier Care coverage, there are lots of other options. Consider joining a wide variety of physical activity, nutrition and weight management programs offered at low or no cost through MHealthy.
Knowledge Is Power
Taking a minute today to look at your risk factors for diabetes can make a big difference just a few years down the road. To get started, take the prediabetes risk test now or watch this one-minute video.
More than 10,000 U-M faculty and staff could be living with prediabetes today, based on how common it is in the general population. Are you?