Am I at Risk?

Am I at risk of developing diabetes?

1 in 3 people in Maine have prediabetes and most don't know it. Prediabetes is when a person has a higher than normal blood glucose level, but not high enough to be diabetes. This elevated blood glucose increases the risk of the person developing type 2 diabetes, along with heart disease and stroke.

Diabetes is a serious chronic condition that can have long-term health and financial impacts. You can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by making healthy lifestyle choices.

Score of 5 or above

  • Follow-up with your doctor
  • Find and enroll in a National DPP program here

Score lower than 5

  • Continue to eat healthy
  • Get regular physical activity
  • Manage stress

Healthy lifestyle choices

An eating plan that helps manage your weight includes a variety of healthy foods. Add an array of colors to your plate and think of it as eating the rainbow. Dark, leafy greens, oranges, and tomatoes—even fresh herbs—are loaded with vitamins, fiber, and minerals. Adding frozen peppers, broccoli, or onions to stews and omelets gives them a quick and convenient boost of color and nutrients.

  • Emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
  • Include a variety of protein foods such as seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), soy products, nuts, and seeds.
  • Keep low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugar
  • Stay within your daily calorie needs

For more information:  Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020–2025 or USDA’s MyPlate Plan

Adding physical activity and movement into your day can improve your health and reduce your risk of developing diabetes. Any amount is good - but aim for at least 30-minutes a day.To learn more about the benefits of physical activity:  What's your move?

 Find additional resources on how to add physical activity to your routine here: Adding Physical Activity to Your Life | Physical Activity

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Not enough sleep has been linked to development and poor management of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression. Adults should get at least 7 hours of sleep daily. Do You Get Enough Sleep?

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