Prediabetes & Type 2 Diabetes

Prediabetes & Type 2 Diabetes Awareness:
An Introduction to Self-Management

Self-management is an essential part of Type 2 diabetes and prediabates care. The following information is to help you become more involved in the management of your diabetes and its management.

What is Prediabetes?

Prediabetes is when blood glucose levels are raised but do not reach the threshold for diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. Research has shown that lifestyle interventions, such as increasing physical activity, a healthy diet and weight management can reduce the risk of progressing to type 2 diabetes.

How will you know if you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes?

Your GP or practice nurse will have done a blood test called HbA1c, this tells us if your blood glucose levels have been raised above the normal level.

There are several other reasons that can increase someone’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, some of these you can change and others you cannot.

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What you can’t change:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity
  • Family history
  • Medical history

What you can change:

  • Weight
  • Waist
  • Activity levels
  • Stress

If you have not seen your GP and would like to know your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes you can use the following online tool: www.diabetes.org.uk/risk

Contact details

Community Dietetics Dept
Riverside Health centre
Wellington St
Cardiff

E-mail: Dietitians.CAV@Wales.nhs.uk

Tel: 02920 907681

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