What is Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes 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 Prediabetes?
Prediabetes is a blood glucose (sugar) level that is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
- 1 million American adults—more than 1 out 3—have prediabetes.
- 9 out of 10 of people with prediabetes don’t know they have it.
- If you have prediabetes and do not lose weight or do moderate physical activity, you can develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.
- Prediabetes increases your risk of :
Am I at Risk for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?
You are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:
- Are 45 years of age or older
- Are overweight
- Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
- African American, Hispanic/Latino American, American Indians, Pacific Islanders, and some Asian Americans are at higher risk
- Are physically active fewer than three times per week
- Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.
Can I prevent Type 2 Diabetes?
Yes! Know your status- talk to a health care professional about getting a blood sugar test. If you have prediabetes, now is the time for prevention. Naturally Made Lifestyle Diabetes Prevention Program can help you take charge of your health to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.