What is Prediabetes

According to the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), they are estimating that at least 7.7% (or 335,000) of Indiana adults, were told by a doctor or other health professional that they have prediabetes.

What is Prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have higher than normal blood glucose levels, but not high enough to be diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes. If you have prediabetes, you are at a high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Within the next five years,15-30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes. Once a person has been diagnosed with diabetes, it can be managed, but it never goes away.

Am I at Risk for Prediabetes?

Take the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) online Prediabetes Screening Test and find out if you are personally at risk. 

Take the American Diabetes Association's Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test. 

What Can I Do if I Have Prediabetes?

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Become more physically active.
  • See your physician and have your blood glucose checked regularly.
  • Join a National Diabetes Prevention Program.

What is the National Diabetes Prevention Program?

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is offered to help people make necessary lifestyle changes. The program was designed and piloted in Indiana by the Indiana University School of Medicine, and has proven to prevent and/or delay type 2 diabetes. This program helped people cut their risk for diabetes in half!

In this year-long program, participants work with a trained "Lifestyle Coach" in a group-like setting to set personal goals, learn how to eat healthy, add daily physical activity, stay motivated, and problem solve issues that can get in the way of making healthy lifestyle changes. Each class meets for one hour:

  • Once per week for the first 16 weeks - then, upon completion;
  • Once or twice per month for 8 months to help with maintenance of these healthy lifestyle changes.

What are the Goals of the Program?

There are only two goals:

  • Lose five to seven percent of your body weight if you are overweight (approximately 10-14 pounds for a 200 pound person) through basic nutrition education
  • Achieve 150 minutes of physical activity each week.
Participant Successes

Once a person is committed to making a lifestyle change, the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program can help them reach their personal goals.  Remember, lasting lifestyle changes don’t happen overnight!

Here are a few comments from past participants of the program:

Participant “Jan” --


"This program has helped me understand life changing decisions that I needed to make to improve my quality of life going forward.  Our lifestyle coach gives us the knowledge and tools for us to make the decision ourselves, not to just be another program where you are told what to do and not to do.  The aspect of a small group has definitely added to this knowledge simply by interacting with others striving to change their lifestyle for the same goal as I have.  We have been able to help each other along the way, with encouragement as well as sharing experiences.  Would I recommend this class to others who want to prevent diabetes, absolutely!”


Participant “Doug” --


My lifestyle coaches put a lot of time into the program and made it fun while giving us a lot of information and support.


Participant “Missy” -- 


We are not doing this, losing weight and eating better, for our lifestyle coaches, but for ourselves. 

I heard about this program and I'm glad I did. In one year cmy weight went from 248 to 228 that is 20 pounds and over 8%. I have lost 3 belt loops, one pants size and my shirts are A LOT looser.”


Participant “Sandi” --


Some of the things I have learned from this class:  drink more water not soft drinks, watch your snacks, don't eat too late, you can share your food with someone, buy healthy food, eat just one (not three or four), you don't have to have fries with that burger, but if you do, just make it a small one, and try to exercise more.  Don't beat yourself up if you slip back a little, just get back on track.


Participants “Kathy and Tim” --


We have learned so much about reading labels on food, looking for fat grams and calories.  The class has made us more aware of what food we put into our mouths each day by tracking every meal. We learned to exercise along with eating a healthy diet maintains healthy weight.  The class is so interesting and fun, we can’t wait to go back each week to learn more.” 


Participant “Paula” --  


Without my lifestyle coaches as cheerleaders, I would have never been able to lose 20 pounds in six months!


Participant story of “Pastor Don” --


Pastor Don was diligent about going to class every week, but staying for the whole hour was another story.  He was also quick to let his lifestyle coaches know that his wife was making him come and, if someone called his cell (which happened every week) he was quick to leave.  This went on for six months with his lifestyle coaches continuing to make him welcome in class.  Towards the end of the second six months Pastor Don announced to his lifestyle coaches that, “Once I made up my mind to take the program seriously, I started losing weight.”  To date, Pastor Don has lost 24 pounds!  He also shared that he told his congregation that this holiday, “If anyone is thinking of making me a Chess pie, please keep the pie and bring me just ONE slice.”

How Do I Join a Lifestyle Change Program?

These lifestyle change programs are offered two ways:

Indiana Diabetes Prevention Network Locations