What is Prediabetes?

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Prediabetes

Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.

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Prevention

However, the program has shown that making moderate behavior changes may help participants lose 5-7% of their body weight—reducing the risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

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Diabetes Type 2

If you have prediabetes and do not lose weight or do moderate physical activity, you increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes at an accelerated pace.

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IMPACT Diabetes

If you're at risk for diabetes, you’ll want to make some healthy changes, and IMPACT Diabetes, a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program, is here to help you.

"I feel fine; what's the big deal?"

Although it's not always easy to see or feel, leaving prediabetes unaddressed can lead to diabetes, which can cause some very serious problems — including heart attacks, strokes, kidney damage, or blindness.

"Am I at risk?"

There are many prediabetes risk factors that could contribute to type 2 diabetes, including:​​​​

  • Being overweight

  • Being 45 years old or older

  • Having a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes

  • Being physically active under 3 times a week

  • Ever having gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy)

  • Giving birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds

  • Having polycystic ovary syndrome

  • Race and ethnicity are also a factor: African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and some Asian Americans are at higher risk.

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"Can I avoid getting type 2 diabetes?"

Yes!  Hearing your doctor say, “You’re at risk for type 2 diabetes,” or “You have prediabetes,” doesn't mean there’s nothing you can do. It means you can start preventing type 2 diabetes today. And you don’t have to do it alone! Finding our program is the first step in your journey. If you have prediabetes, now is the time for prevention. The IMPACT Diabetes lifestyle change program can help you take charge of your health to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.