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Prediabetes: Take Control of Your Health

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Prediabetes has a big impact on a person’s health. The impact is bigger than most people think, and it’s easy to understand why. After all, the name seems to imply that you’re still okay. But those with prediabetes already have real damage to their heart. The damage is caused by blood sugar levels staying higher than normal.

People with prediabetes are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes in the next five years.

Type 2 diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. It leads to other serious conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s Disease, and blindness. You may even lose your legs, feet, or toes. Diabetes is an expensive disease to treat. People with type 2 diabetes can pay more than twice as much for health care than people without diabetes.

Even when type 2 diabetes is well managed, it can increase your risk of viral and bacterial infections. This includes cold, flu, and COVID-19. Nearly 1 in 10 adults in Wisconsin are diagnosed with diabetes. About 1 in every 3 adults have prediabetes, and 8 out of 10 don’t even know it.

There is good news! You can take control of your health. And you don’t need to figure it out on your own. You can get guidance from a trusted health care provider. Seek support from your loved ones. And join a lifestyle change program in your community. All these steps will give you the tools you need to reverse prediabetes.

You can prevent or reverse prediabetes

The first step is to find out if you’re at risk. Your medical history, daily habits, and other personal factors can increase your risk. This includes age, gender, race, and family history. Once you know you’re at risk, you can take the next step toward better health.

Take the 60-Second Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test

I’m at risk for prediabetes

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Only your doctor can diagnose diabetes or prediabetes. But you can lower your risk. If you have any risk factor for prediabetes, don’t wait for symptoms. Take action right away.

  • Talk to your doctor about getting a simple blood sugar test.
  • Take a hard look at how you eat and add healthier options to your diet. Consider how much you move each week, and get more active.
  • Add a few healthy habits to your daily routine. For ideas, read about Prediabetes: What Is It and What Can I Do? (PDF) from the American Diabetes Association.
  • If you’re overweight, set a weight loss goal. Talk with your health care provider about a goal that is reasonable and safe for you.
  • Find people and programs that will support your progress. Join a diabetes prevention lifestyle change program.
  • Read this guide: On Your Way to Preventing Type 2 Diabetes (PDF) from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
  • Watch this Imagine YOU Preventing Type 2 video series from CDC to learn how real-life diabetes prevention lifestyle change program participants learned skills to build healthy habits with the support of a trained Lifestyle Coach and other participants who shared the same goals.

Resources from the CDC

Other resources

I have prediabetes

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If you were told you have prediabetes, start making decisions to improve your health. Now that you know you have prediabetes, you can make small lifestyle changes that will make a big impact. Simple changes can improve your blood sugar levels and prevent type 2 diabetes.

  • Follow your doctor’s advice, eat healthy, and exercise.
  • Talk to your friends and family about your condition. Ask for their support.
  • Learn about lifestyle change programs. Find out if there are any free or low-cost programs in your community.
  • Search online for websites on diabetes prevention and support groups.
  • Make a plan to monitor your progress at home and with your health care team.

Resources from the CDC

Other resources

Join a diabetes prevention lifestyle change program

Changing your everyday habits isn’t easy, but you don’t have to do it alone. Making positive changes is important for your health. The National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) recognized by the CDC is a proven lifestyle change program that can help.

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“What is it, exactly?”

The National DPP isn’t a fad diet. No one will hand you a list of big goals then send you on your way. Instead, these lifestyle change programs:

  • Feature a year-long, CDC-approved curriculum with lessons and resources to help you make manageable, healthy changes.
  • Are led by a trained lifestyle coach in your community to help you learn new skills and keep you motivated.
  • Offer a supportive group of people who are also committed to building healthier habits.
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“Why should I join?”

Studies have shown that structured lifestyle change programs are effective. Participants with prediabetes can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%. Risk can be lowered as much as 71% if you’re over age 60. In addition to reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, these lifestyle change programs can:

  • Reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Improve your overall health.
  • Boost your energy level and reduce stress.
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“How do I get started?”

There are several ways you can find the lifestyle change program that’s right for you.

  • Choose the type of program that works best for you. Programs are available in person, online, or through distance learning.
  • Ask your employer if the company’s health insurance provides a lifestyle change program.
  • Find out if a referral is needed for the program you choose.

Find a National Diabetes Prevention Program near you

Many organizations in Wisconsin offer free or low-cost diabetes prevention programs recognized by the CDC. Programs are available in person, online, or through distance learning.

Want to participate? You can join on your own or ask your doctor to refer you. Some employers and health insurance plans may support your participation, too.

Find a location near you

There are many locations across Wisconsin that offer the National DPP in person. Find a program that best fits your needs.

Contact each program directly to find out when classes meet.

You can participate in the National DPP from the convenience of your home, workplace, or favorite relaxation spot! In distance learning programs, groups meet live on a virtual platform such as Zoom. You can join from anywhere if you have internet service and a computer, tablet, or smartphone. The organizations below provide distance learning classes. Contact them directly about upcoming classes:

Iron River
NorthLakes Community Clinics

University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics

Marshfield Clinic Health System

Network Health Insurance (members only)

YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee

Mount Horeb
Trollway Diabetes, Inc.

Joining an online National DPP is easy and convenient. Simply log in to course sessions via a computer, tablet, or smartphone. You’ll view content such as videos and articles. You can interact with your lifestyle coach each week through email, text, or video chat. You may or may not gather in a real-time, virtual group settings. Online National DPP providers tend to be national organizations not based in Wisconsin.

Download the latest list of online programs (Excel).

Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program is a covered benefit for Medicare Part B recipients and Medicare Advantage members. These programs are held in person.

The organizations below provide the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program in Wisconsin. Contact them directly about upcoming classes:

Thompson Center on Lourdes (Network Health)
2331 E. Lourdes Drive

Berlin Senior Center (Green Lake County DHHS)
142 Water Street

Boscobel Pharmacy
1028 Wisconsin Ave.

Brown Deer
Rite-Hite Family YMCA
9250 N. Green Bay Road

Cumberland Healthcare
1110 7th Ave.

Eagle River
Marshfield Clinic Eagle River
500 Commerce Loop

Eau Claire
Marshfield Clinic Eau Claire Center
2116 Craig Road

Briscoe Family YMCA Wellness Center
7095 S. Ballpark Drive

Aurora Health Care - Southpointe
4448 W. Loomis Road

Green Bay
Bellin Health Medical Arts
704 S. Webster Ave.

Green Bay
Bellin Health Bellevue
3263 Eaton Road, Suite 201

Green Bay
Streu’s Pharmacy
635 Main St.

Green Lake
Green Lake County Health and Human Service
571 County Road A

Iron Mountain
Bellin Health Iron Mountain
440 Woodward Ave., Suite 101

Marshfield Clinic Ladysmith Center
900 College Ave. W.
715-532-5561, ext. 1301

Bellin Health Marinette
2820 Roosevelt Road

Mayville Hometown Pharmacy
1448 Horicon St.

Network Health
1570 Midway Place

Aurora Sinai Medical Center - Outpatient Health Center
1020 N 12th Street

Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center
2801 W. Kinnickinnic River Parkway
Medical Office Building 3 #260

Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Center
9601 Townline Road

Mount Horeb
Mount Horeb Senior Center (Trollway Diabetes Care)
107 N. Grove Street

Mount Pleasant
Racine Family YMCA
8501 Campus Drive

Sniteman Pharmacy
528 Hewett St.

Oshkosh Senior Center (Network Health)
200 N. Campbell Rd.

Park Falls
Marshfield Clinic Park Falls Center
50 Sherry Ave.

Reedsburg Area Medical Center
2000 N. Dewey Ave.

Rice Lake
Marshfield Medical Center-Rice Lake
1700 W. Stout St.

Sheboygan County YMCA
812 Broughton Drive
920-451-8000 ext. 118

Sheboygan Falls
Sheboygan Falls YMCA
305 Buffalo St.

Marshfield Clinic Weston Center
3501 Cranberry Blvd.

West Allis
Aurora Health Care - Six Points
6609 W. Greenfield Avenue
(414) 257-8500

We’re here to help!

With a little guidance and support, you can reverse or prevent prediabetes. You can build healthy habits that last a lifetime. Don’t wait. We’re here to help you access all the information you need. If you have trouble finding a program or other helpful tools, email us at

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Last revised April 23, 2024