Am I at risk?
You may be at risk if you:
- Are 45 or older
- Have a parent with diabetes
- Have a brother or sister with diabetes
- Are overweight or obese
- Have high blood pressure
- Have a blood glucose level that is higher than normal
- Are not very active
Can I lower my risk?
Want to know two of the best ways to lower your risk of getting diabetes? Eat healthy and be active. In fact, diet and exercise have been shown to work better than drugs in helping delay diabetes.
Losing a few extra pounds (if you’re overweight) can also help. Research shows that if you do 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise five days a week and lose 7 percent of your body weight — that’s 14 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds — you can greatly reduce your risk of getting diabetes.
So take a few minutes here; lose a few pounds there. These small steps can add up to create a big reward: a life without diabetes.
Sources: American Diabetes Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Association of Diabetes Educators, National Diabetes Education Program
Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)
We are proud to present our Diabetes Prevention Program to all members, 18 – 64 years of age who have prediabetes or are at-risk for type 2 diabetes, but who DO NOT already have diabetes.
Maryland Physicians Care (MPC) is working with primary care doctors to refer our at-risk members to its Diabetes Prevention Program. Members are encouraged to make positive lifestyle changes. These changes include eating healthier, reducing stress, and increasing physical activity.
View the DPP Flyer (PDF) to learn more about the program and if you qualify.
- Garrett Regional Medical Center – https://www.grmc-wvumedicine.org/services/diabetes-and-nutrition
- Saint Agnes Healthcare – (667) 205-9835
- Vibrant Health & Wellness Foundation/Taylored 4 Life – http://www.vhwf.org/