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Published on March 08, 2019

Answer the Wake-Up Call

When the alarm clock rings, it’s decision time. Hit snooze and snuggle in, or get up and start a brand new day. You have a similar decision to make with a prediabetes diagnosis. When that alarm sounds, hitting the snooze button could lead to Type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems.

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What is Prediabetes?

“Before people develop Type 2 diabetes, they almost always have prediabetes, which means their blood sugar is higher than it should be, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes,” said Mary Beth Fisher, ANP-BC, CDE, one of NKCH’s diabetes educators. “Prediabetes is a wake-up call.”

Prediabetes isn’t a guarantee you’ll automatically develop Type 2 diabetes. Instead, it’s an opportunity to make basic lifestyle changes that can help prevent prediabetes from going any further.

Decrease your risk for diabetes by:

  • Changing what you eat. Add more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, lean meat and skinless poultry to meals.
  • Getting a good night’s sleep. Experts recommend at least seven hours each night.
  • Increasing physical activity. Try to get at least 150 minutes each week. A brisk 30-minute walk each day is a great starting point.
  • Losing weight. If you are overweight, losing just 7% of your body weight (14 pounds for a 200-pound person) can make a big difference.

Surprising Stats

  • Nearly 492,000 Missouri adults have diagnosed diabetes.
  • More than 200,000 Missouri adults have undiagnosed diabetes.
  • About 1/3 of Missouri adults have prediabetes.

Source: Missouri Diabetes Report 2019, Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services

Our Living With Diabetes class teaches you how to manage your condition better so you can live an active life.