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Learn More About Prediabetes During National Diabetes Month

Mon November 28, 2016

DUPAGE COUNTY-November is National Diabetes Month and with the holiday season upon us, the DuPage County Health Department wants residents to understand that 86 million adults in the U.S. have prediabetes and most don't know it.

There is good news. Prediabetes, the high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, can be reversed. Losing just 5 to 7 percent of one's body weight (10 - 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds) by improving food choices and increasing physical activity can cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than half.

Take the Prediabetes Risk Test online at doihaveprediabetes.org (or PodriaTenerPrediabetes.org for español), and share the test with your family, friends, employees and clients.

Facts about Diabetes:

•        8.5% of adults in DuPage County have diabetes (as of 2012)
•        Diabetes is the 8th leading cause of death in DuPage County (as of 2011)
•        1 of 3 American adults have prediabetes
•        2 out of every 5 Americans are expected to develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime
•        Half of all Hispanic men and women and non-Hispanic black women are predicted to develop type 2 diabetes during their lifetime

Ask your doctor about prediabetes and for recommendations specific to you.

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