URBANA, Ill. – More than one in three adults have prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and many don’t know it. People with prediabetes have higher than normal blood glucose levels, which raise the risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as type 2 diabetes.

Those with prediabetes and their caregivers can learn how to reduce risk factors in a research-based, 30-minute course offered by University of Illinois Extension nutrition educators. Simple steps include losing a small amount of weight, learning about food nutrients, and designing healthier meals.

“The self-paced program is free and available for anyone to take from the comfort of a home computer, tablet or smart phone,” says Caitlin Mellendorf, Extension educator. To sign up for the online course, one may visit go.illinois.edu/prediabetes.

The Illinois Extension Nutrition and Wellness program encourages individuals, families, and communities to live healthier lives. “Learn about managing diabetes and heart disease, safely preserving foods, being food-safe at home, and making healthier choices when shopping, cooking and meal planning,” Mellendorf says

Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please email Mellendorf. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

SOURCE: Caitlin Mellendorf, Nutrition and Wellness Educator, University of Illinois Extension

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