If you do have prediabetes, research shows that doing just two thinks can help you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes:
- Lose 5% to 7% of your body weight (10-14 pounds for a 200-pound person)
- Get at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week.
Ways I Prevent or Delay Diabetes
- Your Game Plan page on the National Diabetes Education Program Web site (CDC and National Institutes of Health)
- Insulin Resistance and Prediabetes page on the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse Web site (National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
Diabetes Prevention (Education) Program
CDC Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program in Nevada
Lifestyle change programs offered through the National Diabetes Prevention Program, which is led by CDC, can help you reach these goals. Trained lifestyle coaches lead classes to help participants improve their food choices, increase physical activity, and learn coping skills to maintain weight loss and healthy lifestyle changes. The year-long program helps participants make real lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, including physical activity into their daily lives, and improving problem-solving and coping skills. Participants meet with a trained lifestyle coach and a small group of people who are making lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes. Sessions are weekly for 6 months and then monthly for 6 months.
The Road to Diabetes Prevention, is a free 6-session online program that may help you reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by learning your risk factors and making simple lifestyle changes. The program is self-paced and includes optional activities and resources to help you live a healthier lifestyle.