What Is Pre-Diabetes?
Pre-diabetes occurs when a person's blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be type 2 diabetes. People with pre-diabetes are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and may have developed some problems from diabetes already.
Doctors recommend screening for pre-diabetes in people who are overweight; are 45 or older; and for patients who are younger than 45 but are overweight and have any other risk factor for diabetes like:
- High blood pressure
- Low HDL cholesterol and high triglycerides
- Family history of diabetes
- History of gestational diabetes or giving birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
- Belonging to an ethnic or minority group at high risk for diabetes
Even if you are diagnosed with pre-diabetes, there are steps you can take to prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes.
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Preventing Type 2 Diabetes
Lifestyle changes are very important when it comes to the prevention of diabetes. By maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly, you will be taking important steps in the fight against this chronic illness.
"There are several things that pre-diabetic patients can do to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes," said Renee Amori, MD, of Drexel Endocrinology. "If you are overweight, work on weight loss by making healthy food choices and increasing your activity level. Check with your physician or health care provider before you start exercising to make sure your planned activity is safe for you."
The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.
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