Almost 500,000 people in West Virginia have pre-diabetes. Are you at risk?

What is pre-diabetes?

Before people develop type 2 Diabetes they usually have what is called pre-diabetes. You may have heard this referred to as “borderline” diabetes. Pre-diabetes is a condition in which individuals blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.
Pre-diabetes usually has no symptoms. The vast majority of people living with diabetes don’t know they have it. Some long term damage to the body, especially the heart and circulation may already be occurring. A person who has pre-diabetes is 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than someone with a normal blood glucose.

Risk factors for pre-diabetes:

  • 45 years of age or older
  • Being obese or overweight
  • Having a parent or sibling with diabetes
  • Family background is African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander
  • Having diabetes while pregnant
  • Being physically active less than three times per week

If you think you may be at risk for developing diabetes, Click Here for the Diabetes Prevention Screening Test. If the screening shows you could have pre-diabetes, talk to a healthcare provider about getting your blood glucose level checked as soon as possible. If the glucose level indicates you have pre-diabetes, you should consider enrolling in an evidence based lifestyle change program.

Group Lifestyle Balance Program

WVU Medicine Potomac Valley Hospital offers Group Lifestyle Balance (GLB) programs  to residents of Mineral County and the surrounding areas. The GLB program helps you achieve two goals: lose weight and increase physical activity and has been show to improve risk factors for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Participants of this program work as a group with a Lifestyle Coach during a 22 session/12 month program.

Pictured left to right: Diana Niland APRN, FNP-C, Tricia Barbarito RN, and Brenna Earnest MSN, RN, CDE



PVH currently has five GLB coaches conducting various programs throughout Mineral County:

  • Ellen Barnard CCT
  • Brenna Earnest MSN, RN, CDE
  • Diana Niland APRN, FNP-C
  • Nyssa Smith RN
  • Tricia Barbarito RN

Current program locations:

  • WVU Medicine Potomac Valley Hospital (multiple programs in the day and evening)
  • Fountain United Brethren Church
  • Fort Ashby Community Center
  • Catholic Church of the Assumption in Keyser

Read about specific GLB Success.

Call 304-597-3565 for further information on pre-diabetes or the Group Lifestyle Balance program.