Chicago CARES to Prevent Diabetes

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Prevent Diabetes with the Free Chicago CARES Diabetes Prevention Program

One in every three American adults has prediabetes and most don’t know it – you could be one of them.

Having prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes raises your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. By making small changes in eating healthy, being more active and losing weight you can cut your risk of diabetes in half.

Are You at Risk?

You may have prediabetes and be at risk for type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years of age or older
  • Are overweight
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Are physically active fewer than 3 times per week
  • Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds
  • Have high blood pressure

African Americans, Latinx, American Indians, Pacific Islanders and some Asian Americans are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes.

If you have prediabetes or other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, now is the time to take charge of your health and make a change and the Chicago CARES lifestyle change program can help!

To Find Out if You Have Prediabetes or Are at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes:

  • Ask your health care provider to test you for prediabetes. The health care provider may do a simple blood test.
  • If you don’t have a health care provider, call us to find out if you qualify for the program.
  • You can also check out the “Could You Have Prediabetes?” online quiz at If your score shows you are at high risk for prediabetes, talk to your health care provider or contact our program.

Prediabetes Can Lead to Type 2 Diabetes

Without weight loss or moderate physical activity, many people with prediabetes can develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to health issues such as:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Blindness
  • Kidney failure
  • Or loss of toes, feet, or legs

The free diabetes prevention program (DPP) is proven to help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

The DPP provides people with prediabetes access to:

  • A trained lifestyle support coach to guide and encourage you
  • Support from other participants with the same goals as you
  • Weekly meetings for the first six months and monthlymeetings for the second six months
  • Skills you need to lose weight, be more active, and manage stress

For a whole year!

Chicago CARES is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Chicago CARES to Prevent Diabetes is an initiative of the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Illinois Public Health Institute, funded by a cooperative agreement from CDC, NCCDPHP, Division of Diabetes Translation.

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