What Is Prediabetes?
Prediabetes is a blood glucose (sugar) level that is higher than normal but not high enough to be
diagnosed as diabetes. One in three American adults has prediabetes, and most do not even know
they have it. If you have prediabetes and do not lose weight or do moderate physical activity, you can
develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. It also raises your risk for heart disease and stroke.
Am I at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?
You are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:
- Are 45 years of age or older;
- Are overweight;
- Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;
- Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or
- Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.
If you think you may be at risk, a health care provider can do a blood test to see if you have diabetes or prediabetes.
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Can I Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?
Yes! Hearing your doctor say, “You’re at risk for type 2 diabetes,” or “You have prediabetes,” means that you can start preventing type 2 diabetes today. And you do not have to do it alone. Finding our PreventT2® program was your first step on that journey. If you have prediabetes, now is the time for prevention. UTMB's PreventT2® lifestyle change program can help you take charge of your health to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
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