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Diabetes Prevention

Many people who develop type 2 diabetes have had abnormal blood sugar readings prior to being diagnosed. Many clinicians refer to this as prediabetes. Prediabetes (previously known as Borderline Diabetes) means that your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes can often be reversed. Research now indicates that with modest weight loss (7% of your current body weight) and increase in physical activity can lower blood sugar levels to within normal range.

How do I know if I have prediabetes?

Unfortunately there are no symptoms. There are 29.1 million people in America diagnosed with diabetes. It is estimated that there are 86 million who don’t even know that they have it. Regular blood tests are the only way to know if you have prediabetes.

Who is at risk for prediabetes?

If you have these risk factors, you may be at higher risk than others for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes:

  • You are overweight.
  • You are 45 years of age or older.
  • Your parent or sibling has type 2 diabetes.
  • You are physically active fewer than 3 times per week.
  • You ever gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.
  • You ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes).
  • Or take a risk assessment test

What do I do if I am at high risk?

Enroll in a diabetes prevention program. Here at UofL Health we are recognized from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a provider of the National Diabetes Prevention Program. A CDC-recognized lifestyle change program is a structured program developed specifically to prevent type 2 diabetes. It is designed for people who have prediabetes or are at risk for type 2 diabetes, but who do not already have diabetes.

Since lifestyle changes take time to achieve, this program is a 2 part program that lasts 12 months done in a group setting. The first 6 months, the group will meet regularly every week, or every other week. During the last 6 months we meet once a month.

Our nurses and dietitians have been trained as lifestyle coaches from the American Academy of Diabetes Educators (AADE) to help lead you on your journey to change certain aspects of your lifestyle. Topics covered include:

  • Eating healthier
  • Reducing stress
  • Increasing physical activity
  • Group support from others who share your goals and struggles
  • Keys to healthy eating out
  • Ways to stay motivated

Program Goals

To prevent diabetes! Research indicates that if you can lose 7% of your current body weight and increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week you have a 58% chance of preventing diabetes.


Physician Referrals

A physician referral is required for all nutrition services to aid with billing coverage. Download a referral form to take to your physician. Forr questions about billing or additional information, please contact our office at 502-210-4203.