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Diabetes is on the Rise: Know your risk, connect to services

1 in 3 American adults have prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Getting diagnosed early and finding resources to help can lower your risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

Who is at risk of developing prediabetes or type 2 diabetes?

There often aren’t any visible symptoms, but your risk of developing prediabetes goes up if you:

  • Are 45+ years old
  • Are physically inactive
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Are overweight
  • Have a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes
  • Had diabetes during pregnancy
  • Are Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander

“Prediabetes often goes untreated, which can result in type 2 diabetes that requires a lifetime of monitoring and management,” said Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator Megan Ellison. “By knowing if you’re at risk, you’ll be much better equipped to prevent this disease.”


Community-based Diabetes Resources

  • Swedish Edmonds offers prediabetes classes regularly. Learn more at or call (425) 640-4395.
  • Formal diabetes education is offered at Swedish Edmonds in a 3-part class series with ongoing start dates taking place during the day or evening. Learn more at or call (425) 640-4395.
  • Formal diabetes education is offered at the UW Neighborhood Northgate Clinic and Woodinville Clinic in a 3-part class series. Contact the clinic directly for more information: Northgate Clinic at (206) 528-8000 or Woodinville Clinic at (425) 485-4100.
  • Diabetes-Friendly Living is a free 4-week program for people who have already received formal diabetes education. This program is offered several times a year at the Verdant Community Wellness Center. Find the next scheduled session on the Verdant events calendar or call (425) 582-8600 for more information.
  • Navigating Diabetes Today is a free monthly diabetes support class with guest experts providing guidance to adults with diabetes. The class typically takes place the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. Learn more or register on the Verdant events calendar or call (425) 582-8600.

Unless otherwise indicated, there could be a fee associated with the programs listed above. Depending on what insurance you have and/or where you live, the program may have no out-of-pocket cost to you.