Women seem to do it all: they take care of their families, their pets, their homes, their finances, and their careers. With busy schedules and seemingly never-ending to-do lists, many women may be putting their own health last. But what if this year for Mother’s Day you put yourself and your health at the top of your to-do list? How? By learning about our FREE diabetes prevention program.
One in three Americans has prediabetes, a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough yet for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. You can have prediabetes for years but have no clear symptoms, so it often goes undetected until serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes show up. It’s important to talk to your doctor about getting your blood sugar tested if you have any of the risk factors for prediabetes. Some of these risk factors include:
- Being overweight
- Being 45 years or older
- Having a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes
- Having had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy)
- Giving birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds
Prediabetes can often be reversed, and your doctor can recommend resources and programs to help you reduce your type 2 diabetes risk, including our Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. (CYL2) program. In CYL2, participants work with a trained lifestyle coach to learn how to make healthier choices when it comes to physical activity, healthy eating, and managing stress. The program is based on research that found that people with prediabetes who lost 5% to 7% of their body weight cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half. For those over age 60, they reduced their risk by 71%.
For more information about prediabetes and your risk, check with your healthcare provider or call AM Prevention at (337) 456-4200.