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.
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.
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: