JACKSON, Wyo. \u2014 As with most things health-related, diabetes can be controlled and even prevented with early detection and knowing the warning signs.\r\nThe Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) wants families to learn more about prediabetes, the warning signs of diabetes, and controlling diabetes to help avoid serious and costly health complications.\r\n\r\n\u201cWhen diabetes is unrecognized or not properly controlled, the health impacts are significant,\u201d said Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH. \u201cOur goals are simple\u2014improve health outcomes and connect people to the educational and medical resources they need to live healthier, happier lives.\u201d\r\n\r\nAccording to 2018 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System estimates, Wyoming has about 39,000 adults living with diabetes. An additional 35,000 residents have been told they have prediabetes, a condition in which higher than normal blood glucose levels may lead to type 2 diabetes. Harrist said many more residents may have either diabetes or prediabetes without realizing it.\r\n\r\n\u201cCowboy Up to Prevent\u201d is a new campaign offered by the WDH Chronic Disease Prevention Program (CDPP). Free prediabetes awareness materials are available for healthcare professionals\u00a0and funding is available for organizations interested in evidence-based diabetes and hypertension prevention and self?management programs.\r\n\r\nDesigned for adults, the programs help people gain the confidence and motivation they need to take care of their health, as well as learn new skills to prevent diabetes or better manage their chronic health conditions. Programs are offered around the state by trained experts in either community and\/or medical settings.\r\n\r\nThrough education about prediabetes, the campaign looks to lower cases of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke in Wyoming. Residents are encouraged to take a short online risk test at\u00a0Doihaveprediabetes.org. A blood glucose test is recommended for anyone scoring high on the risk assessment.\r\n\r\nThe campaign also asks healthcare providers to screen, test and refer individuals with abnormal blood sugar levels to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-recognized diabetes prevention program.\r\n\r\nCDC-approved diabetes prevention programs promote lifestyle changes that can reverse prediabetes or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. People with prediabetes who take part can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent (71 percent for people over 60 years old). Participants may lose 5 to 7 percent of their body weight through healthier eating and 150 minutes of physical activity a week. Those who complete a type 2 diabetes prevention lifestyle change program were 1\/3 less likely to develop type 2 diabetes after 10 years.\r\n\r\nThe WDH CDPP allows eligible adults to participate in the National Diabetes Prevention Program at no cost.\r\n\r\nHarrist noted more than 29 million Americans have diabetes, with a new person diagnosed every 17 seconds. Nearly 10 percent of the US population is affected.\r\n\r\n\u201cKeeping diabetes under control can improve the quality of life, and that\u2019s exactly what we want,\u201d Harrist said.