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Understanding Prediabetes

November is National Diabetes Month. This is a great time to examine the related and under-discussed condition of prediabetes. According to the CDC,

“Having prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Nearly 90 percent of adults who have prediabetes don’t know they have it.”

You may have prediabetes and be at risk for type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years of age or older

  • Are overweight

  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes

  • Have high blood pressure

  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week

  • Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds

If you have concern of prediabetes, a discussion with your doctor can lead to referral for specific lifestyle change programs to prevent to delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

See these references for more on the information presented above:

https://assets.ama-assn.org/sub/prevent-diabetes-stat/downloads/are-you-at-risk-for-type2-diabetes.pdf

https://assets.ama-assn.org/sub/prevent-diabetes-stat/downloads/so-you-have-prediabetes-now-what.pdf