March 22 is Diabetes Alert Day

The City of Minneapolis wants to help prevent diabetes by encouraging people to get screened for prediabetes and take immediate action to reverse the condition if they have it. Risk factors for developing prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes include being older than 45, being overweight, having a family history of diabetes, having had gestational diabetes during a pregnancy or giving birth to a baby weighing more than nine pounds, and being physically inactive. People can find out if they are at-risk for prediabetes by taking the online risk test at DoIHavePrediabetes.org.

The City partners with three clinics and the Stairstep Foundation to offer the National Diabetes Prevention Program to people with prediabetes. The program teaches modest exercise, nutrition and other lifestyle changes that can help people dramatically lower their risk of developing diabetes.

The Minnesota Department of Health estimates that one out of three Minnesotans have prediabetes, but most of them don’t know it. People with prediabetes are likely to develop Type 2 diabetes within five years if they don’t take action.

The City of Minneapolis diabetes prevention activities are funded by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

For more information about the classes, people can go to www.minneapolismn.gov/health/living/diabetes.

 

 

 

 

Published Mar 22, 2016