Can Diabetes Be Prevented?
Studies have shown that people with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the development of Type 2 diabetes by 58%. Changes in lifestyle can help. These lifestyle changes include but not limited to:
Modest weight loss (by 5-10%)
Regular exercise or physical activity (30 minutes daily) at least 5 days a week.
Getting started today in these areas can help elevated blood sugar levels to normal.
How Do I Find Out If I Have Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes?
There are two types of glucose (blood Sugar) tests that are used to tell if you have diabetes or pre-diabetes. Both test require a fasting period.
I. Fasting Blood Glucose Test
Pre-Diabetes glucose level = 100-125 mg/dl
Diabetes glucose level = 126mg/dl or higher
II. Oral Glucose Tolerance Test
Involves a special glucose drink and a blood test done two hours later.
Normal glucose level = is 139 mg/dl or below
Pre-diabetes glucose level = 140 - 199 mg/dl
Diabetes glucose level = 200 mg/dl or above
It is normal for testing to be repeated to confirm diagnosis. Visit your doctor or health care professional to obtain a fasting blood test or glucose tolerance test to tell if you have diabetes or pre-diabetes.
The Tri-County Diabetes Alliance sponsors and conducts several health education and outreach programs addressing prevention of pre-diabetes and diabetes. This will include presentations and free health screenings in a variety of settings including schools, worksites, faith based communities, and other community centers. Please check our events calendar by clicking here
Diet and Exercise
For more information about healthy eating and physical activity, please contact any of the following resources in your area:
|McCready Health Center||
|Somerset County Health Department||443-523-1760|
|University of Maryland Eastern Shore||410-651-8445|
|American Diabetes Association (Covering the Tri-County Area)||410-543-7061 ext.2121|
|Peninsula Regional Medical Center||410-543-7061|
|Wicomico County Health Department||410-334-3480 ext.371|
|Atlantic General Hospital||410-641-9703|
|Worcester County Health Department||410-632-0056|