Pre-Diabetes - It is a Big Deal —
But Don't Lose Hope, It's Reversible!
by -K. Vinson MSN RN ACN-BC

The following information has been referenced from the CDC website at

Pre-diabetes Flies Under the Radar

Because many people have pre-diabetes for years but have no clear symptoms, it often goes undetected until serious health problems arise. That's why it's important to talk to your doctor about getting your blood sugar tested if you have any of the risk factors for prediabetes, which include:
  • Being overweight and Obesity
  • Being 45 years or older
  • Having a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes
  • Being physically active less than 3 times a week
  • Ever having (diabetes during pregnancy) or giving birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds
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Take the CDC Pre-diabetes Screening Test. Take the first step and find out your risk for Pre-diabetes.

Directions: Answer the following seven simple questions. For each "Yes" answer, add the number of points listed. All "No" answers are 0 points. When you have answered all seven questions, add your score.
  1. Are you a woman who has had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth?
    Add 1 point for "Yes", 0 for "No"
  2. Do you have a sister or brother with diabetes?
    Add 1 point for "Yes", 0 for "No"
  3. Find your height on the At-Risk Weight Chart**. Do you weigh as much as or more than the weight listed for your height?
    Add 1 point for "Yes", 0 for "No"
  4. Are you younger than 65 years of age and get little or no exercise in a typical day?
    Add 5 points for "Yes", 0 for "No"
  5. Are you between 45 and 64 years of age?
    Add 5 points for "Yes", 0 for "No"
If your score is 9 or more: Your risk is high for having pre-diabetes.

If your score is 3-8 points: Your risk is probable low for having pre-diabetes.
This means your risk is probably low for having prediabetes now. Keep your risk low. If you're overweight, lose weight. Be active most days, and don't use tobacco. Eat low-fat meals with fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain foods. If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, talk to your health care provider about your risk for type 2 diabetes.

What's Next? How Can I Get Tested for Pre-Diabetes?

See your health care provider. If you do not have insurance contact your local health department for more information about where you could be tested or call your local health clinic.

Pre-diabetes = "Prevent-diabetes"

Think of prediabetes as your fork in the road. If ignored, your risk for type 2 diabetes goes up. If you address it by losing a modest amount of weight and begin getting in regular physical activity, your risk goes down. Modest weight loss equates to 5% to 7% of body weight or 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person. Regular physical activity means getting at least 150 minutes per week of brisk walking or similar activity. That equals to about 30 minutes a day, five days per week.

The CDC led National Diabetes Prevention Program ( has been proven to help people make the lifestyle changes needed to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Through the program, participants:
  • Work with a trained coach to make lasting lifestyle changes.
  • Discover how to eat healthy and add more physical activity into their day.
  • Find out how to manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can slow progress.
If you're told you have pre-diabetes, ask your doctor or nurse if there is a National Diabetes Prevention Program offered in your community. The best time to prevent type 2 diabetes is now. If you would like to learn more about Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes, then consider joining the Church of God of Chicago Diabetes Support Group. If you would like to be more active, consult with your health care provider first, then consider joining the COGOC Run/Walk Group.

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