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heart health resources: pre-diabetes & diabetes

Diabetes Self Management Program

pre-diabetes & diabetes

According to the CDC, it is estimated that 38.4 million people have diabetes ... that comes to 11.6% of the US populations. Of that number, there are 8.7 million of us who have diabetes but have yet to be diagnosed and don't know it's lurking in the shadows.

The projected numbers for pre-diabetes in the US is staggering: 

  • 97.6 million US adults have prediabetes.

  • 27.2 million adults 65 or older have prediabetes.

  • One in four teens is pre-diabetic ... meaning a potential lifestime of health challenges!


Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, commonly referred to as blood sugar, is too high which can cause health problems, such as heart disease.


This diagnosis is made when your blood glucose levels are higher than normal but still under the threshold to qualify as full-blown diabetes. Over time, without proper management, pre-diabetes can develop into type 2 diabetes.

Download these free resources:

Diabetes & Your Heart (PCNA)

What is Diabetes (The Heart Truth)


Having diabetes increases your risk of developing heart disease and puts you at greater risk of a heart attack or a stroke.

Studies show that adults with diabetes are almost twice as likely to die from heart disease or stroke than people without it.


Left out of control, high blood glucose from diabetes can damage the blood vessels and nerves that control your heart. 


Download these free resources:


Heart Smart Basics (The Heart Truth)


Control the ABCs of Diabetes (The Heart Truth)


Diabetes Eating Plan (Mayo Clinic)


Eating Well & Managing Diabetes (ADA)


Being told you are pre-diabetic or diabetic can be a daunting feeling but, you can still take proactive steps to manage your diabetes to help lower your risk.

STEP ONE: Know your numbers: glucose or A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

STEP TWO: Adopt of maintain healthy lifestyle habits - what you put into your body and do for your body is key!

STEP THREE: Learn ways to manage stress.

STEP FOUR: Be compliant with medications prescribed by your health care provider. 

STEP FIVE: Don't smoke and, if you do, get help quitting by calling 1-800-QUITNOW or visiting

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