What does prediabetes mean for you?

Prediabetes is defined by having higher-than-normal blood sugar levels, but not high enough to be diabetes. Seventy-nine million Americans have prediabetes and don’t even know it. The progression to Type II diabetes is about 5-15% each year, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects one in three American’s will have diabetes by the year 2050 if current trends continue.

Christa Poggemiller

Diabetes is more than just high blood sugar. It is a multi-organ disease, affecting the entire body. Diabetes can almost triple the risk of heart attack and stroke, is the leading cause of new blindness, End Stage Renal Disease, amputations and costs the economy $214 billion dollars annually.

Who is at risk for prediabetes? Anyone 45 or older, overweight, physically active few than three times per week, have a family history of type two diabetes, have high blood pressure or had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.

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