Living with Prediabetes

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Frequently Asked Questions


 Why Me?

These are the risk factors for developing prediabetes:

  • Having a family history of diabetes
  • Being overweight, and in particular, carrying extra body fat in the abdominal region
  • Being over the age of 40
  • Having a sedentary lifestyle
  • Being of certain ethnic backgrounds such as Asian, South Asian, Hispanic, Aboriginal, or African
  • Having a history of polycystic ovarian syndrome, hypertension, elevated cholesterol or tryglycerides

 Why is prediabetes a concern?

When you have prediabetes, you are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes is often found together with high blood pressure and elevated blood cholesterol or triglycerides. This combination puts people with prediabetes at higher risk for heart attack and stroke.

 What can I do?

  • Get active!
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy body weight
  • Make healthy food choices every day

 Where can I go to learn more or get help?

St Joseph’s Health Care London has partnered with these organizations to offer people with prediabetes two educational sessions::

  • Brescia University College of the Western University
  • Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging
  • Canadian Diabetes Association

If you wish to learn more about your options, please ask your doctor to refer you for prediabetes education care through the Diabetes Education Centre of St. Joseph’s Health Care London (view our referral information).

 

Last updated: Thu, 2016-09-29 16:23