Patients with pre-diabetes and undiagnosed type 2 diabetes face serious health issues. Pre-diabetic patients have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death compared with normal patients. Untreated diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney disease, amputation, and other serious conditions.
Examples of how to help prevent healthy people from developing diabetes:
- Educate about good nutrition
- Understand the importance of exercise
- Learn about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs
- Get regular exams and screening tests to monitor risk factors for diabetes
“Prediabetes – Your guide to reducing your risk for the development of diabetes” is a patient booklet developed to encourage conversation between the patient and their physician. It provides important information about Prediabetes and risks for diabetes that should trigger action by the patient.
Offered in English and Spanish, the booklet is written in a conversational tone at a fifth-grade reading level and includes photographs of real patients with their families. It gives practical tips and concrete examples of how to reduce the risk for developing diabetes.
Download an electronic version of the Prediabetes booklet.