Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes are growing health concerns across the nation. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are above normal. Prediabetes is when your blood sugar is higher than normal but not as high as when you have type 2 diabetes.
About 1 in 11 American adults have type 2 diabetes, and one third of American adults have prediabetes. In the County of Santa Clara, 8 percent of adults have been told that they have diabetes and 17 percent of adults have been told they have prediabetes.
Uncontrolled type 2 diabetes can cause serious health issues such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, and kidney failure. It can also lead to the loss of toes, feet, or legs.
Type 2 diabetes is preventable
Preventing type 2 diabetes is “in our hands” through healthy choices like eating fruits and vegetables, walking in the park, or doing yoga.
Find out your diabetes risk score
Knowing your diabetes risk score gives you the knowledge you need to make healthy choices that can prevent type 2 diabetes. You can learn your diabetes risk score by answering 6 simple questions in a diabetes risk test.
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