Prediabetes occurs when the level of sugar (glucose) in your blood is too high, but not high enough to be called diabetes.
If you have prediabetes, you are at a much higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes within 10 years. It also greatly increases your risk for heart disease.
Losing extra weight and getting regular exercise CAN stop prediabetes from becoming full-blown diabetes.
Impaired fasting glucose - prediabetes; Impaired glucose tolerance - prediabetes
Your body gets energy from the glucose in your blood. A hormone called insulin helps the cells in your body use glucose. If you have prediabetes, this process does not work as well. Glucose builds up in your bloodstream. If the levels get high enough, you can develop type 2 diabetes.
Having diabetes increases the risk for certain health problems. This is because high glucose levels in the blood can damage the blood vessels and nerves. This can lead to heart disease and stroke. If you have prediabetes, damage may already be occurring in your blood vessels.
Having prediabetes is a wake-up call to take action to improve your health.