National Prediabetes Prevention Campaign

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department of Public Health within the Cabinet of Health and Family Services highlights a new national campaign to bring awareness about prediabetes. New national data just released from CDC noted that 84 million American adults, more than 1 in 3, have prediabetes, which is a condition in which blood glucose levels are high, but not high enough yet to be classified as type 2 diabetes. People with prediabetes have increased risks to their long-term health, including developing type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke. The National Diabetes Prevention Program, a lifestyle change program recognized through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been proven to cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by half in those who have prediabetes. Studies show that losing just 5 to 7 percent of body weight, by eating healthier and increasing physical activity, can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

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