Diabetes and Prediabetes


  • In Virginia, 631,194 people are living with diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic disease in which sugar levels in the bloodstream are above normal. It occurs when a person cannot produce (type 1) or properly use (type 2) insulin.
  • Diabetes is a risk factor for many serious complications, such as: Heart disease, stroke, amputations, blindness, and kidney disease


  • In Virginia, 2.1 million adults—more than 1 in 3—have prediabetes. What’s more,  9 out 10 don’t know they have it. With prediabetes, blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes raises your risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. 
  • Prediabetes can be reversed and there are many great programs that can help!


Diabetes is a risk factor for many serious complications, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Amputations
  • Blindness
  • Kidney disease

It affects African Americans, Native Americans and Hispanics/Latinos more than other groups. Diabetes Is controllable. People with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications.

Pre-diabetes | Am I at risk?

  • Sugar levels are higher than normal but are not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes
  • Increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes and for heart disease and stroke
  • Nearly 90 percent of adults who have prediabetes don't know they have it
  • Eating healthy food and being physically active lowers the risk of developing diabetes

Type 1 diabetes

  • Appears suddenly in people, usually before age 20
  • High sugar levels caused by a total lack of insulin
  • Accounts for 5 to 10 percent of diabetes cases
  • Is treated with daily insulin injections or use of an insulin pump

Type 2 diabetes | Am I at risk?

  • Condition in which the pancreas makes some insulin but the insulin is not used effectively
  • Usually develops gradually, mainly in adults but is increasing in children
  • Accounts for 90 to 95 percent of all diabetes cases
  • Is controllable by diet, exercise, and daily monitoring of glucose levels. Sometimes treated with diabetes pills and/or insulin injections

Gestational Diabetes

  • Occurs in the second half of a women's pregnancy.
  • Appears in up to 5 percent of pregnancies and usually disappears when the pregnancy is over
  • Requires treatment to avoid complications in the baby
  • Poses an increased risk of later developing type 2 diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test