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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 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
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.
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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: