What Is Prediabetes?
This sneaky health condition has no symptoms. But it’s almost always present before you get type 2 diabetes. It means your blood sugar level is higher than normal, but not yet high enough for you to be diagnosed with the disease.
About 86 million people in the U.S. over age 20 have prediabetes. And doctors see the need to diagnose it more often. Treating it can prevent more serious health problems later on. These range from type 2 diabetes to problems with your heart, blood vessels, eyes, and kidneys.
By the time you’re diagnosed with diabetes, many of these problems have already taken hold.
Who Gets Type 2 Diabetes?
You’re most likely to get this disease if you:
Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
Had gestational diabetes or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
Have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Are African-American, Native American, Latino, or Pacific Islander
Are older; people over age 45 are most likely to get it.