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.
You can ask your doctor for a blood sugar test to find out if you have prediabetes. You can also take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test today.