Type 2 Diabetes in Lake County
of adults in
Lake County have diabetes
the 6th leading
cause of death
31,000 adults have
been diagnosed with diabetes
73,000 adults have
been diagnosed with prediabetes
What is diabetes and why should I care?
Diabetes is a disease that affects how your body uses blood sugar (glucose). Too much sugar in your blood can lead to serious health problems like heart disease and stroke. Diabetes can damage your kidneys, nerves, feet and skin. It can also affect your vision.
Diabetes Prevention and Management Programs
You can learn to manage your type 2 diabetes or prevent it altogether. Attend a class and learn ways to live a healthier lifestyle. Whether you are a healthcare provider, have a loved one with type 2 diabetes, or you personally have diabetes, you can find a free class near you. See the list of classes below. Call 847-377-8562 for more information and to register.
Read testimonials from Lake County residents like you.
"¡Me pareció que este programa fue muy útil, me ha enseñado cómo cambiar mi estilo de vida para una mejor salud!"
“I found this program to be so helpful. It has taught me how to change my lifestyle for better health!"
"Now I can control my glucose simply and without much effort.”
“Ahora puedo controlar mi glucosa de forma simple y sin tanto efuerzo.”
What is Prediabetes?
Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Approximately 84 million American adults—more than 1 out of 3—have prediabetes. Of those with prediabetes, 90% don’t know they have it. Prediabetes puts you at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
How do I know if I have diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes symptoms often develop over several years and can go on for a long time without being noticed. Sometimes there aren’t any noticeable symptoms at all. Type 2 diabetes usually starts when you’re an adult, though more children, teens, and young adults are developing it. Because symptoms are hard to spot, it’s important to know the risk factors for type 2 diabetes. Take the risk test below and show your results to your healthcare provider.
What are the risk factors for diabetes?
You’re at risk for developing type 2 diabetes if you:
Are 45 years or older
Have a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes
Are physically active less than 3 times a week
Have ever had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or given birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds
Are African American, Hispanic/Latino American, American Indian, or Alaska Native (some Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans are also at higher risk)
How Healthcare Providers can help
Refer your patients and families who have been diagnosed with diabetes and prediabetes. There are many programs to choose from, with most classes led by CDE, Nurses, Dietitians or Community Health Workers. To remove barriers of language, cost, and distance, many class options are available to accommodate your patients' needs. Use the interactive map and list above to find a program in Lake County.
National Diabetes Prevention Program
According to The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) study, diabetes prevention programs may help reduce risk for type 2 diabetes by 58%. Talking to your patients about participating in this program will help them learn ways to prevent diabetes. These programs are proven to assist patients to make simple lifestyle changes for better health outcomes. Check Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program for a diabetes prevention program near you. To see if your patients are eligible for a CDC-recognized program, visit the Program Eligibility page.
Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs
If your patient has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, refer them to a diabetes self-management program. Programs may offer individual counseling and/or group sessions. Some of the evidence-based program curriculum offered in Lake County include: DEEP, through the University of Illinois at Chicago, and DSMP, which is the Stanford Model.