About Diabetes

Central Maine Healthcare Diabetes Prevention Program Helps People Reduce the Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose (or sugar) for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When someone has type 2 diabetes, their body can't use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes glucose to build up in their blood.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition. It can lead to health issues such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure or loss of toes, feet or legs.

What is Prediabetes?

People with prediabetes have elevated glucose (blood sugar) levels, but not high enough to be diabetes.  An estimated one in three American adults has prediabetes, and most are not aware of it. The reality is: if lifestyle changes are not made - including diet and exercise modifications -- then the risk is high that type 2 diabetes will develop within 3 years.

What are the risk factors for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?

You are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years of age or older
  • Are overweight
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week
  • Had diabetes while pregnant, (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.

If you think you may be at risk, a health care provider can give you a diagnostic blood test. If you have had a blood test and/or have done the CDC Prediabetes Risk Quiz, complete the DPP eligibility checklist to find out if you are eligible to enroll in the Diabetes Prevention Program.

Could You Have Prediabetes?

Take the prediabetes risk quiz, a simple, seven-question quiz to assess your risk for prediabetes.

Note: if you don't see this quiz in your browser please download the CDC Prediabetes Screening test.