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Prediabetes? Is this a real thing? Yes! Prediabetes means that your blood sugar levels are higher than normal and that you are in danger of developing type 2 diabetes within a few years.  Your health may already be affected.

In Massachusetts, 35% of adults have prediabetes, yet only 7% are aware that they have it. And, if they don’t make lifestyle changes, 15 to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.

The good news is that the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) offers a proven approach for helping to prevent type 2 diabetes for those at risk. DPP is an evidence-based lifestyle change program for people with prediabetes. DPP participants who complete the program can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 58% (70% for adults over the age of 60).

How does the Diabetes Prevention Program work?

Participants learn ways to incorporate healthier eating, moderate physical activity, and stress-reduction techniques into their daily lives. Group DPP sessions are typically held at a local YMCA or community or wellness center and led by a trained lifestyle coach. The one hour long classes meet weekly for the first six months and then monthly for the next six months. DPP may be free or subsidized based on the patient’s income level and depending on the DPP location.

The first step

To get started, take the quiz and find out if you could have prediabetes. However, you should always talk to your doctor for an actual diagnosis. Testing for prediabetes can be done with a simple blood test. If you do have prediabetes, making small changes in your lifestyle is important. Learn more about the Diabetes Prevention Program in Massachusetts and how it might be right for you, and find a DPP near you to get the support and help you need!

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