diabetes prevention program

Frequently asked questions

What is Type 2 Diabetes?


Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have type 2 diabetes, your body can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood. Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition. It can lead to health issues such as heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.




What Is Prediabetes?


Prediabetes is a blood glucose (sugar) level that is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. One in three American adults has prediabetes, and most do not even know they have it. If you have prediabetes and do not lose weight or do moderate physical activity, you can develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.




Am I at Risk for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?


You are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years of age or older;
  • Are overweight;
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;
  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or
  • Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth toa baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.
If you think you may be at risk, a health care provider can do a blood test to see if you have diabetes or prediabetes.




Can I Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?


Yes! Hearing your doctor say, “You’re at risk for type 2 diabetes,” or “You have prediabetes,” means that you can start preventing type 2 diabetes today. And you do not have to do it alone. If you have prediabetes, now is the time for prevention. Hartzell's Pharmacy Diabetes Prevention Program can help you take charge of your health to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.





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PREDIABETES RISK TEST

Take the prediabetes pretest below to see if you are experiencing any prediabetic symptoms. The sooner you know you have prediabetes, the sooner you can take action to reverse it and prevent type 2 diabetes. Click the link below to take the pretest.

Hartzell's Diabetes prevention program

Hartzell's Pharmacy has been offering Diabetes Prevention Program CDC-Recognized classes since 2018. The goal of the program is to learn health eating strategies and how to make simple changes to our day to reduce our overall risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. To sign up to receive updates about future classes please complete the information below. We will be enrolling individuals for classes starting June 2021.