Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have "prediabetes" — blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition and a person’s glucose could have been elevated for years by the time they are diagnosed. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, 86 million Americans –more than one out of three– have prediabetes.
Unfortunately, 9 out of 10 people with prediabetes don’t even know they have it!1 This is especially unfortunate because without lifestyle changes, 15% to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.2 What’s more, prediabetes correlates with an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.3
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These tests are used to determine whether a person has prediabetes:
The numbers below are indicative of prediabetes:
According to an important national clinical trial known as the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), the risk factors for prediabetes are the same as those for diabetes:
Research shows that you can lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%5 if you take these preventive measures: