There’s something about the term “prediabetes” – maybe it’s the “pre” – that makes it sound less worrisome than it really is. Prediabetes is a condition that occurs when blood sugar levels are elevated but not high enough yet to indicate type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes is a major public health concern, one that everyone should learn more about.
If left untreated, prediabetes often leads to type 2 diabetes, a leading cause of blindness, heart disease, and kidney failure. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. has prediabetes and of these individuals, 90 percent of them don’t even know it. That’s because prediabetes can be a “silent” condition, causing few noticeable symptoms. Because people with prediabetes don’t typically feel sick, many don’t know to seek medical attention.
Fortunately, you can find out your risk for prediabetes in less than a minute: DoIHavePrediabetes.org, created by the Ad Council, AMA, and CDC, offers a quick test to help you find out where you stand.
If you receive a high score on the risk test, you should talk to your doctor about getting your blood sugar tested. There are two common tests:
- Fasting blood glucose (FGB): Which measures your