1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prediabetes. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/prediabetes.html. 2018.
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Research-Based Prevention Programs. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/prediabetes-type2/preventing.html. 2018.
Prediabetes is when blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as Type 2 Diabetes.
The following risk factors increase your chances of prediabetes and developing Type 2 Diabetes:
Being age 45 or older
Having a parent or sibling who has Type 2 Diabetes
A previous Gestational Diabetes Diagnosis
Having had a baby with a birth weight of 9 or more pounds.
Healthy eating and exercise are key to delaying or preventing the onset of Type 2 Diabetes. By losing 5 to 7 percent of your weight, you can reduce the chances of developing Type 2 Diabetes by 58% (71% for individuals over 60). For a 200 pound individual, that is only a weight loss of 10 to 14 pounds.
When it comes to prediabetes, simple life changes can make a big difference. Click on a link to the left to learn more about diabetes prevention, Diabetes Prevention Programs, healthy eating, and more.