Lifestyle changes can help prevent type 2 diabetes; local course offers guidance

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TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Millions of people in the U.S., about one in three Americans, have prediabetes and ninety percent don’t know it.

A class offered locally is bringing attention to the condition and helping people make simple changes in their lifestyle to prevent type 2 diabetes. A yearlong National Diabetes Prevention Program hosted by the Tompkins County Health Department will begin April 24.

An estimated 84 million Americans have prediabetes, a health condition in which blood sugar levels are elevated, but not quite high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. There are several factors that contribute to type 2 diabetes, such as age and genetics that can’t be helped, but diet and activity level can be controlled.

Susan Dunlop, community health nurse for the Tompkins County Health Department, said the program is designed to help people get their blood sugar level back into the normal range.

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