Frequently Asked Questions

Prevent Diabetes

What is prediabetes?

  • Having prediabetes means your blood sugar is higher than normal –but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
  • One in three American adults has prediabetes. Most do not even know they have it.
  • If you have prediabetes, you are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years if you do not make lifestyle changes,

How do I know if I have prediabetes?

  • You can get a blood test as part of your annual doctor’s visit
  • Pharmacies such as Walmart and CVS also perform blood sugar tests
  • Blood sugar test results in the following ranges indicates prediabetes:

• A1C: 5.7–6.4%.

• Fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL

  • You can also take a risk test to see if you have prediabetes HERE
  • If you’re not sure about your risk for diabetes, ask your doctor or CONTACT US for more information

Does the program work?

The Diabetes Prevention Program (Prevent Diabetes Central Oregon) was created from a clinical trial. It showed that completing this lifestyle change program worked better than medication at reducing risk of diabetes.

The program has many key elements that are proven to work, including:

  • Track food intake
  • Set physical activity goals
  • Make weekly action plans
  • Don’t restrict any foods
  • Monitor weight
  • Get support from group
  • Hold each other accountable

How much do the workshops cost?

There is currently no cost to the diabetes prevention program participants. In some cases, we can bill Medicare or OHP for your classes. Let us know if you have Medicare or the Oregon Health Plan.

How do I register or ask questions?

For Prevent Diabetes Central Oregon please call (541) 322-7446 or email sarahw@deschutes.org.