Prediabetes: Could It Be You?

Prediabetes – Could it Be You?

88 million American adults — more than 1 out of 3 — have prediabetes

More than 8 in 10 adults with prediabetes don’t know they have it

With prediabetes your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes increases your risk of:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke

If you have prediabetes, losing weight by eating healthy and being more active can cut your risk of getting type 2 diabetes in half.

If you ignore prediabetes your risk for type 2 diabetes goes up — type 2 diabetes increases your risk for serious health complications:

  • Blindness
  • Kidney failure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Loss of toes, feet, or legs

You can prevent type 2 diabetes:

  • find out if you have prediabetes – see your doctor to get your blood sugar tested
  • join a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention program
  • eat healthy
  • be more active
  • lose weight

Learn more from CDC and the the Prediabetes risk quiz at www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/prediabetes.html

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Page last reviewed: February 18, 2020