BROOKINGS, S.D. — SDSU Extension supports a public service announcement campaign sponsored by the American Medical Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ad Council, to build awareness among millions of Americans of their risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

“This campaign raises the alarm about prediabetes and emphasizes the positive message that prediabetes can often be reversed through everyday lifestyle changes,” said Nikki Prosch, SDSU Extension health and physical activity field specialist.

Prosch explained that more than one in three American adults has prediabetes, a serious condition that increases their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke.

“Despite its prevalence, nearly 90 percent of people with prediabetes don’t know they have it. And, awareness is crucial since prediabetes can be reversed through lifestyle changes such as healthy eating and increased physical activity,” she said.

Don’t wait to consult your doctor

If you’re not sure if you are at risk for prediabetes, Prosch encourages readers to make an appointment with their family doctor to find out.

“Now is the time to consult a doctor, a local office or a CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program about how to reverse prediabetes,” she said.

The campaign encourages people to take a short online risk test at DoIHavePrediabetes.org and speak with their doctor to confirm their diagnosis.

For more information, resources and services specific to our state, check out the South Dakota Diabetes Coalition website, http://www.sddiabetescoalition.org.

Better Choices, Better Health SD

“Prediabetes can often be reversed through weight loss, by healthy eating and increased physical activity,” said Megan Jacobson, SDSU Extension nutrition field specialist and Better Choices, Better Health program associate. “Diagnosis is critical, as research shows that people are much more likely to make the necessary lifestyle changes once they are aware of their condition.”

She added that a rise in incidence of type 2 diabetes presents a significant threat to South Dakota. In an effort to reverse this trend, SDSU Extension is supporting the national effort and working to make an impact in the community. Additional information on the campaign is available online at DoIHavePrediabetes.org.

South Dakotans who want to learn more about managing prediabetes can also attend a Better Choices, Better Health SD workshop free of charge.

“Living with a chronic health condition, like prediabetes, can sometimes seem overwhelming. But, you are not alone,” said Jacobson. “Many people are affected by, or are a caregiver for someone with one or more ongoing health conditions, like prediabetes. Better Choices, Better Health South Dakota workshops are here to help.”

During the workshop, participants meet others who deal with chronic conditions and are able to connect with and identify new resources and support systems.

To learn more about the Better Choices, Better Health SD workshops and find a workshop scheduled near you, visit www.betterchoicesbetterhealthsd.org.

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