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What is Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have type 2 diabetes, your body can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition. It can lead to health issues such as heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.

What is Prediabetes?

Prediabetes is an indication that you could develop type 2 diabetes if you don’t make some lifestyle changes. A diagnosis of prediabetes means that your blood sugar (sugar) is higher than normal, but it’s not high enough to be considered diabetes. If you have prediabetes and do not lose weight or do moderate physical activity, you may develop type 2 diabetes within 3 years.

Fact: 1 in 3 American adults has prediabetes, but 93% don’t know they have it.

Some refer to prediabetes as a “pre-diagnosis” of diabetes, but it doesn’t have to be.

Read: I Have Been Diagnosed with Prediabetes, Now What?

Am I at Risk for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?

You are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:
• Are 45 years of age or older;
• Are overweight;
• Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;
• Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or
• Ever had diabetes while pregnant which disappeared after the delivery (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.
If you think you may be at risk, a health care provider can do a blood test to see if you have diabetes or prediabetes.

Don’t have a health care provider, and have questions about your at-risk for prediabetes or type 2? Don’t worry, we’re here for you! Contact us, and one of our health care professionals will be able to answer your questions.

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I Have Been Diagnosed with Prediabetes, Now What?

Being diagnosed with prediabetes means you have the opportunity to prevent the onset of full-blown type 2 diabetes.

You may have heard the saying the “information is power”. When it comes to prevention diabetes, information without application can lead to frustration and the further development of type 2.

Here’s the good news… We can teach you how to stop prediabetes from turning into type 2 diabetes. That’s right, our program is specifically designed to teach you how to stop the progression of type 2 diabetes. Oh and, our success rate shows we’re pretty good at it too.

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Can I Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?

Yes! Hearing your doctor say, “You’re at risk for type 2 diabetes,” or “You have prediabetes,” means that you can start preventing type 2 diabetes today. And you do not have to do it alone. Finding the Skinny Gene Project was your first step on that journey. If you have prediabetes, now is the time for prevention. The Skinny Gene Diabetes Prevention Program can help you take charge of your health to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

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