Prediabetes means that your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not high enough to be a diabetic. People with prediabetes are very likely to become a type 2 diabetes
When you have prediabetes, you do not process sugar (glucose) properly. Sugar in your body comes from the food you eat. After you eat, sugar enters your bloodstream. A hormone called insulin is important to move the sugar from the blood into your cells/organs.
When you have prediabetes, this insulin stops working and allows the blood sugar to rise.
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Prediabetes often shows no symptoms and frequently goes undetected until serious health problems arise, such as type 2 diabetes. That’s why it’s important to talk to your doctor about getting your blood sugar tested if you have any of the risk factors for prediabetes, which include:
Being 45 years or older
Being physically inactive
Ever having gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy)
African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, Pacific Islanders, and some Asian Americans are at higher risk.
Take a quiz to determine your risk: https://doihaveprediabetes.org/take-the-risk-test/#/