“I’m living my best life!” I don’t know about you, but that phrase has been the mantra of my life for a while now. I live it, walk it, talk it, and try to make daily decisions with that phrase in mind. It seems like an easy thing to do, but what happens when the decisions we make lead to health conditions with no symptoms? One of the illnesses that comes to mind is prediabetes. While many people are familiar with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, not everyone is as familiar with prediabetes.
So, what is prediabetes?
Prediabetes means a person has higher than normal blood sugar levels, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. A person who has prediabetes is on the path to developing type 2 diabetes and is at increased risk for additional serious health problems such as heart disease and stroke.
1 in 3 American adults (84 million) has prediabetes but 90 percent of them don’t know they have it. The good news is, with early diagnosis, prediabetes can be reversed – through changes like weight loss, healthy eating habits, and increased physical activity.
There are several risk factors that increase a person’s risk of prediabetes, including: