Managing Prediabetes2019-03-15T11:35:09-04:00

Did You Know?

Without intervention, 15 to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

If you have prediabetes or other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, you can make a change now to improve your health by enrolling in the Diabetes Prevention Program.

What is Prediabetes?

Prediabetes is the prelude to developing type 2 diabetes. An individual’s elevated blood glucose levels are typically higher than normal—but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

How Does it Affect Me?

  • 86 million American adults have prediabetes. You could be one of them.
  • Having prediabetes means you are at increased risk for developing serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
  • People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop heart disease.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
  • Pre-diabetes is becoming more common in the United States, according to new estimates from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • 1 out of 3 adults have prediabetes, and 9 out of 10 people with prediabetes don’t even know they have it!

You May Have Prediabetes and Be At Risk for 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 3 times per week
  • Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds
  • Have high cholesterol or high blood pressure

If you answered yes to one or more of these risk factors, the Diabetes Prevention Program may be right for you! Making modest lifestyle changes now—like eating healthier, being more physically active and managing stress—may help you avoid having to manage type 2 diabetes for the rest of your life.