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Women’s Healthy Tips – Spring 2016

How many people in the US have prediabetes?

1 in 4

One in four Americans has prediabetes. That’s approximately 79 million people. Having prediabetes means your blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

People with prediabetes have a risk of cardiovascular disease that’s 1.5 times greater than people with normal blood glucose levels. Prediabetics have other health risks and complications, too.

Who is at risk to develop pre-diabetes?

  • Have parents, siblings or grandparents with type 2 diabetes
  • Over age 45
  • Race/ethnicity: Native American, Black/African American, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander
  • Overweight
  • Women who have given birth to a baby weighing 9 pounds or more

If you are overweight and 45 or older, you should consider getting checked for prediabetes during your next routine medical appointment. Or if you are particularly concerned, schedule an appointment with one of PacMed’s diabetes specialists today to learn how to control and prevent prediabetes.