Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Approximately 84 million American adults – more than 1 in 3 – are estimated to have prediabetes, and 90% do not know they have it. If left unmanaged, people with prediabetes may develop type 2 diabetes within 3 years. Prediabetes puts you at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS?
Family member with type 2 diabetes
Being physically active fewer than 3 times per week
Having gestational diabetes or giving birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
Having polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, Pacific Islanders, and some Asian Americans are at higher risk
CAN I PREVENT OR DELAY
TYPE 2 DIABETES?
The good news is that you may be able to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle changes- such as losing just 5-7% of baseline weight, and moderate physical activity- reduces risk of diabetes.
Get involved with the Diabetes Prevention Program to learn the skills necessary to make lasting changes and lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. SDRI offers several program options for individuals with prediabetes and who are at higher risk of developing diabetes. Learn more about our Diabetes Prevention Program below.