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Prediabetes

Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be type 2 diabetes. More than 1 out of 3 adults in the United States have prediabetes – and 9 out of 10 don’t know it. There are often no clear symptoms of prediabetes.

Having prediabetes puts you at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetesheart disease, and stroke.

Risk Factors

Talk to your doctor about getting your blood sugar tested if you have any of the risk factors for prediabetes, which include:

  • Being overweight
  • Being 45 years or older
  • Having a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes
  • Being physically active less than 3 times a week
  • Ever having gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or giving birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds
  • Having polycystic ovary syndrome

Race and ethnicity are also a factor: African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, Pacific Islanders, and some Asian Americans are at higher risk.

Take the prediabetes risk test

If You Have Prediabetes

If you have prediabetes, losing a small amount of weight if you’re overweight and getting regular physical activity can lower your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. 

A lifestyle change program offered through the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) can help you make those changes—and stick with them. The NDPP can help you lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 58% (71% if you’re over age 60). 

Classes are available in Carroll County and surrounding areas, and online. Click below for more options:

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