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What is Pre-diabetes?

ESTIMATES indicate that there are between 3.7 and 4.2 million adult New Yorkers with Pre-diabetes. That's close to one in every three adults!

Individuals with Pre-diabetes have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. People with Pre-diabetes are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than someone without the condition. People with Pre-diabetes are also at increased risk of developing heart disease, stroke and eye disease.

Lifestyle changes are the key to keeping Pre-diabetes from developing into a diagnosis of full blown diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic disease that can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

What can be done?

If you have pre-diabetes, the most important precaution you can take to prevent developing diabetes is to make sustainable lifestyle changes. Long-term changes in your diet and in the amount of physical activity you get are steps toward diabetes prevention. Changing your everyday habits takes effort and a lot of practice, but they will help you stay healthier for years to come.

ADA ScreenshotKnow your score.

How do you know if you have pre-diabetes? Your level of risk is based on your family history for diabetes, your age, and your personal health history and current health status. To find out if you are at risk, take the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Diabetes Risk Test. When you click this link a new tab will open at the test on the ADA web site. At the end, you will get a score and some information about what your score means. Or, click here to download a PDF version of the ADA Diabetes Risk Test.  

Your next step

If your score shows you have pre-diabetes or are at risk for developing diabetes, contact your doctor and ask if the Tompkins County Diabetes Prevention Program is right for you.

« Check out this website by the CDC


National Diabetes Prevention Program

Diabetes Prevention PosterThe Tompkins County Diabetes Prevention Program can give you the skills and practice necessary to make the important changes in your livestyle habits, and help you prevent diabetes.

Have you ever been told by your doctor that you:

  • Are at risk for getting diabetes?
  • Have pre-diabetes?
  • Have borderline diabetes?
  • Have high blood sugar or glucose?
  • Had gestational diabetes?

You may be at high risk for type 2 diabetes, but there is something you can do about it.

The Tompkins County Diabetes Prevention Program can help you make a change for life. The program helps you learn how to change your lifestyle to prevent type 2 diabetes. This evidence-based program is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP).

  • WHAT: Groups meet with a trained Lifestyle Coach for 16 weekly sessions + six monthly follow-up sessions. The total commitment is one (1) year.
  • WHO: Groups are open to all Tompkins County adults.
  • WHEN: At least 6–8 and up to 12–15 people are needed to form a group. Once a group is filled the date, time, and place are determined. See below for current schedule.
  • HOW: Ask your doctor for a recommendation, or contact the Tompkins County Health Department, Susan Dunlop, (607) 274-6710.
  • COST: There is a fee for the class; sliding scale pricing and scholarships are available. Call for details. 

Course Schedule

Next Diabetes Prevention Program (Prevent T2):

  • When: Starts TBA
  • Where: TC Health Department, 55 Brown Road.
  • Duration: The group meets weekly for 16 weeks, then at least monthly meetings for the rest of the year.
  • There is a charge for the program. Sliding scale is available.
  • Download a flyer (PDF, 250KB)
  • For questions and to register, call the Tompkins County Health Department at (607) 274-6600.

Generally, new NDPP group sessions are scheduled when there are enough individuals signed up to form a group. Please call to sign up, have your questions answered, or find out when a new session is scheduled to begin. Call the health department at (607) 274-6710, or Cayuga Center for Healthy Living at (607) 252-3590.

For more information about this evidence based program:

Listen to Lee Rayburn's WHCU Radio interview about diabetes with TCHD's Susan Dunlop. Click here for the Podcast.

Contact the Tompkins County Health Department,
Susan Dunlop, (607) 274-6710

View this CDC video about the program on YouTube  

Or, Watch the video on the CDC web site


Links for more info

NYS Department of Health:
> Diabetes
> Keeping Diabetes in Check - Know Your Blood Sugar Numbers (NYSDOH)

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention:
> Diabetes
> National Diabetes Prevention Program

American Diabetes Association
> ADA Home Page
> Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test
> Download a paper version of the A.D.A. Risk Test (PDF, 272KB, from the A.D.A. site)

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