- 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!