Many people who develop type 2 diabetes have had abnormal blood sugar readings prior to being diagnosed. Many clinicians refer to this as prediabetes. Prediabetes (previously known as Borderline Diabetes) means that your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
Prediabetes can often be reversed. Research now indicates that with modest weight loss (7% of your current body weight) and increase in physical activity can lower blood sugar levels to within normal range.
How do I know if I have prediabetes?
Unfortunately there are no symptoms. There are 29.1 million people in America diagnosed with diabetes. It is estimated that there are 86 million who don’t even know that they have it. Regular blood tests are the only way to know if you have prediabetes.
Who is at risk for prediabetes?
If you have these risk factors, you may be at higher risk than others for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes:
- You are overweight.
- You are 45 years of age or older.
- Your parent or sibling has type 2 diabetes.
- You are physically active fewer than 3 times per week.
- You ever gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.
- You ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes).
- Or take a risk assessment test
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