Tips and ways to take action
Not all of life’s rough times offer us an out — a chance to make things better before they get worse.
But when it comes to a dangerous disease — type 2 diabetes — some people get that opportunity. That’s because it may come with a warning: prediabetes.
People with prediabetes have blood sugar levels that are higher than normal —but not yet at the level of diabetes. It’s a sign that your health’s at serious risk — and a chance to do something about it.
Alarming facts to know1
- Affects an estimated 84 million Americans — the majority of whom don’t know it.
- Increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Puts people at high risk of diabetes — the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S.
What you can do now
Many people have prediabetes — or are headed that way — and don’t know it. For one thing, it has no symptoms. But knowledge is power. So protect your health with these steps:
Get real about your risk. This Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test — from the American Diabetes Association — can help. You can learn more about the factors that contribute to type 2 diabetes — and know which affect you.
Be screened. Ask your doctor if you should be tested. This may involve having blood drawn after an overnight fast.
- Take positive steps forward. Studies have shown that people with prediabetes who lose weight and increase their physical activity can prevent, or at least delay, type 2 diabetes. Talk with your doctor about your health habits. Ask what changes would help you.
What to do next
Take small steps to a healthier tomorrow. Here are some everyday ways to help lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention