There are 30 million people in the U.S. living with diabetes and another 84 million people have prediabetes – that’s 1 in 3 adults. For those who don’t know, prediabetes is when a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough yet for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. People with prediabetes are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes and are also at increased risk for other serious health problems, such as stroke and heart disease.
“An alarming 90% of people with prediabetes don’t know they have it,” said Dr. Ann Albright, director of CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. “It is very important for people to know where they stand since there are steps that you can take. With healthy lifestyle changes, type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed in those with prediabetes.”
Here are four important things you need to know about prediabetes:
1. It only takes a minute to find out if you are at risk for prediabetes. DoIHavePrediabetes.org offers a quick, easy risk test to help you learn where you stand. If you have an elevated score on the risk test, talk to your doctor about getting a blood test to determine if you have prediabetes.
2. Prediabetes can be reversed. If you catch prediabetes early enough and take the necessary steps to improve your health, your blood sugar levels can return back to normal.
Dr. Patrice Harris, president-elect of the American Medical Association says,