Prediabetes

At MaineHealth, healthcare professionals help get prediabetes under control.  We offer classes and one-on-one counseling to help people make healthy choices with the goal of preventing diabetes.

What is Prediabetes?

Prediabetes is when blood sugar (glucose) is high, but not high enough to be considered diabetes. Prediabetes can lead to Type 2 diabetes, a serious medical condition. In order to stop prediabetes people often need to lose weight, have a healthier diet and make other lifestyle changes.

Diagnosis

A lot of times there are no symptoms or signs. A blood test can tell if your glucose (sugar) level in the blood is too high.

Prevention and Treatment

Lifestyle changes can help prevent prediabetes and can help people get their high blood sugar levels back to normal. Losing weight and getting 30 minutes of physical activity, five days a week is recommended. Your doctor also may prescribe medication.

In this short video you will learn about risk factors that can lead to type 2 diabetes. If you have more than one of the risk factors, you can get a simple blood test to find out if you have prediabetes. Ask your health care provider if you should be tested.

Diabetes Prevention Program

The Diabetes Prevention Program is proven to help people lower their chance of developing type 2 diabetes by teaching them about healthy eating and ways to increase physical activity. The program is not designed for people who already have type 2 diabetes.
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