Prediabetes Support Program
Take control of your future!
The Prediabetes Support Group is dedicated to helping community residents and patients manage, monitor and improve the healthcare dangers in Type 2 Diabetes.
The support group provides information and inspiration by healthcare providers and neighbors as you take the journey to control your prediabetes through activity, nutrition and medical intervention.
- Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 25
- Fasting Gluecose result greater than 100
- A1C Results between 5.7 -6.4
- Score 5 Points or more on the risk test
1201 W 12th Ave
Emporia, KS 66801
(620) 343-6800 ext. 22102
Prediabetes is a serious health condition in which your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. It is often called “borderline diabetes” or “impaired glucose tolerance.”
Prediabetes is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and other health problems. About 96 million American adults, or 1 in 3, have prediabetes. Of those with prediabetes, more than 80% don’t know they have it.
There are no symptoms of prediabetes, so it is often called a “silent” condition. The only way to know if you have prediabetes is to get tested.
There are two main tests that can be used to diagnose prediabetes:
- Fasting plasma glucose test: This test measures your blood sugar after you have fasted for 8 hours. A normal fasting plasma glucose level is less than 100 mg/dL. A level of 100 to 125 mg/dL is considered prediabetes.
- Oral glucose tolerance test: This test measures your blood sugar after you have fasted for 8 hours and then drank a sugary drink. A normal two-hour glucose level is less than 140 mg/dL. A level of 140 to 199 mg/dL is considered prediabetes.
If you have prediabetes, there are lifestyle changes you can make to lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other health problems. These changes include:
- Losing weight if you are overweight or obese: Losing even a small amount of weight can help lower your blood sugar levels.
- Eating a healthy diet: A healthy diet for people with prediabetes includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It is also important to limit unhealthy fats, processed foods, and sugary drinks.
- Getting regular physical activity: Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity most days of the week.
- Managing stress: Stress can raise blood sugar levels. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as yoga, meditation, or spending time in nature.
If you have prediabetes, it is important to work with your doctor to develop a plan to manage your condition. With lifestyle changes, you can lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other health problems.
Diabetes Prevention Program
This is a free twelve-month program for individuals at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This national diabetes prevention program aims to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, by teaching lasting lifestyle changes like eating healthier, adding physical activity into a daily routine, and improving coping skills.
If you are ready to lose weight and gain healthy habits for life, please call, pre-register and pre-qualify.
The next open program is tentatively planned to begin in January 2024. You can leave us your contact information on the form and one of our Community Healthcare Workers will reach out to you! If you prefer, give us a call! (620) 343-6800, ext 22102