WHAT IS TYPE 2 DIABETES?
Type 2 diabetes is condition caused by higher than normal levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Due to insufficient quantities of insulin the body does not use insulin, the insulin properly, or both. Type 2 diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the US. Over time, high blood sugar can damage nerves and blood vessels. As a result, diabetes is linked to long-term complications that lead to heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, amputations of feet or legs
WHAT IS PREDIABETES?
Prediabetes is a condition that comes before diabetes. It means blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be called type 2 diabetes. Your doctor may have told you that having prediabetes can negatively affect your health and if not treated, may progress to type 2 diabetes.
WHAT IS THE NATIONAL DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM (DPP)?
The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a lifestyle-change program teaching the skills and making lasting changes to lose weight, be more physically active and manage stress to can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. This program is part of the Centers for Disease Control National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) that has been shown in randomized clinical trials and implementation to delay or prevent type 2 diabetes by at least 60% in those with prediabetes or with diabetes risk factors such as obesity.
If you have prediabetes or other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, DPP can help you make a change to improve your health. Through this program people across the country are learning the skills and practicing the habits they need to lose weight, be more physically active and manage stress.
To find a DPP Site in the Tri-County call ACCESSHEALTH Tri County at (843) 743-2777