Learn Your Risk
Learning if you have prediabetes is the first step to help you take control of your health and, potentially, prevent getting diabetes.
Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes is a condition where the body has difficulty producing or using insulin, a hormone that breaks down sugar. There are 3 main types: type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.
When not managed, diabetes can lead to life-threatening conditions. It can also put you more at risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19.
Prediabetes can become type 2 diabetes if it is not treated. Type 2 diabetes makes up about 90% of all diabetes cases and is preventable.
1 out of 3 adults in the U.S. have prediabetes. Of those, over 80% don’t know they have it! But you can often reverse prediabetes by making healthy lifestyle changes.
Take a free, 1-minute screening or talk to your doctor to see if you’re at risk.
Learn About Gestational Diabetes
This type of diabetes first occurs during pregnancy and increases the risk of developing type 2 later. Between 2% and 10% of pregnancies are affected in the U.S. If not treated, gestational diabetes can put the mother and baby at risk of complications. The good news is that it is treatable and usually goes away after the baby is born. Talk to your doctor about how to lower your risk and how often to have your blood sugar checked to make sure you’re on track. Learn more about gestational diabetes.
Join a Diabetes Prevention Program
Many people have had success reversing their prediabetes conditions by taking a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) class. You’ll learn how to make small changes to your diet, increase your physical activity, and lower your stress to help prevent type 2 diabetes.
To find a class:
- Search the CDC’s website for Diabetes Prevention Programs in your area.
- Ask your insurance provider if they have DPP classes.
Coming soon! Multnomah County is also working with community partners to host culturally specific classes.