According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 88 million US adults have prediabetes. Prediabetes is where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Everyone is at risk for developing prediabetes and diabetes, but individuals with a disability are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than people without a disability.
Why should you be concerned about prediabetes?
Without small lifestyle changes, prediabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a health condition that can lead to other serious conditions like blindness, heart attack, or stroke.
What can you do right now to prevent diabetes?
Take the CDC’s 1-minute Prediabetes Risk Test to learn more about your risk for prediabetes.
The good news is that if you learned you may have prediabetes, prediabetes is reversible.
Here are some easy steps for you to take to reduce your risk of developing diabetes:
- Learn more about prediabetes and the National Diabetes Prevention Program at People at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
- Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity each day, like going for a short walk or roll or playing music to move a little while doing household chores.
- Not up for 30 minutes? Start where you are and build up to 30 minutes daily.
- Make a list of fruit and veggies you enjoy eating. Next time you get your groceries add these to the cart instead of snacks high in salt or sugar.
- Find 5 minutes in your day just to pause and relax. Taking time to lower your stress can benefit your health in big ways.
- Join the National Diabetes Prevention Program:
- The New York State Association of Independent Living Centers has partnered with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors to offer the National Diabetes Prevention Program to New Yorkers with Disabilities. For more information and to find a program near you visit https://ilny.us/programs/diabetes-prevention-program.
- The CDC offers a National Diabetes Prevention Program, find a program locator tool. Simply enter your zip code and find a program near you.
- The National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) and Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) are covered benefits for New Yorkers with Medicaid. For more details check out this new one-page fact sheet developed by NYS Medicaid
- The National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) is a covered benefit for New Yorkers with Medicare. Ask your health care provider for a referral to a program near you.
Where can I find virtual adapted physical activity programs if I have a disability?
- The National Center on Health Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) offers an Inclusive Home Workout Toolkit.
- Move United offers adaptive physical activity classes for “wherever you are” at: Move United on Demand.
- Special Olympics offers a whole new way to exercise at: School of Strength.