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Preventive Diabetes Services

Most people who develop Type 2 diabetes have previous irregular blood glucose levels, but not quite high enough to diagnose them with Type 2. Long-term effects may have already started in these individuals as glycemic control deteriorates into Type 2.

Intervention may prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Interventions include good nutrition, weight control, physical activity and lifestyle factors.  Exercise and nutrition therapy (weight loss if needed) can reduce the risk of Type 2 by 58 percent.

Who Should Be Tested?

Overweight people over 45 years of age, people with high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, family history of diabetes, history of gestational diabetes and people with other diabetes risk factors.

How is Pre-Diabetes Diagnosed?

  • Fasting Plasma Glucose of 100-126 mg/dl
  • Oral Glucose Tolerance Test of 140-160 mg/dl (1 hour)
  • A1c of 5.7 - 6.4

(Source: American Diabetes Association, 2011 Standards -

Baptist Health Lexington's pre-diabetes education classes - includes consultation with a diabetes educator, individualized nutrition plan by a registered dietitian, individualized exercise plan by a certified personal trainer and a free blood glucose meter if desired.

Contact (859) 260-5122 for details.