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Prediabetes: What You Should Know

Prediabetes is a condition in which blood glucose levels are above normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.

According to the CDC, approximately 84 million adults in the United States have prediabetes.

It can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other serious medical conditions (including heart disease and stroke).

How do I know if I have prediabetes?

Prediabetes does not typically have clear symptoms, but it can be diagnosed with blood testing. So, please check with your doctor to find out if you should be evaluated for prediabetes — you may need to be tested if you have certain risk factors such as being overweight, being 45 years or older, not exercising regularly or having a family history of type 2 diabetes.

How is prediabetes treated?

  1. Eating healthy with well-balanced meals and snacks
  2. Exercising regularly and staying active
  3. Losing weight (if needed)
  4. Medications

Your doctor can help you to determine which treatment options are best for you. The good news is that treating prediabetes can help to prevent type 2 diabetes and improve your overall health!

Learn more at the American Diabetes website:

http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/prediabetes/