Frequently Asked Questions

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, and most do not even know they have it. If you have prediabetes and do not lose weight or do moderate physical activity, you are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

How do I know if I have prediabetes?

If you think you are at risk for prediabetes based upon the risk test, your healthcare provider can perform a blood test as part of your annual exam. These tests can be run as a part of your annual blood work, and are usually covered by insurance. Pharmacy’s such as Walmart and CVS also perform blood sugar tests. The two most common tests are the A1C test, and the Fasting plasma glucose test. Blood sugar test results in the following ranges indicates prediabetes:

  • A1C: 5.7–6.4%.
  • Fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL.

Click HERE to take the risk test.

Does the program work?

Diabetes Prevention Workshops are evidence-based. This means that they have been evaluated in scientific trials, the results have been published in peer-reviewed journals. The programs have all the same materials that make it possible to offer the same evidence based programs from the original trials.

The Diabetes Prevention Program (Prevent Diabetes Central Oregon) was created from a randomized, controlled clinical trial that showed that completing this lifestyle change program reduced program participants’ chances of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% compared to placebo (71% for individuals aged 60 and older).

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.