What you should know about Prediabetes

Prediabetes means a person’s blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as diabetes. If you have prediabetes, you are at increased risk for developing serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease. The sooner people find out they have prediabetes and take action, the better their chances of preventing type 2 diabetes.

Why you should act – Today

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Medical Association (AMA) are sounding an alarm about prediabetes because a national effort—by everyone from physicians to employers to patients to community organizations—is required to prevent type 2 diabetes in the United States. In addition to focusing on the person with prediabetes or diabetes, we also must engage the systems and communities where people live, work and play. We can all Act – Today.

The AMA and CDC urge you to:

Screen Act Test
Take the CDC Prediabetes Screening Test.
Talk to your doctor about your risk for prediabetes. Your doctor may want to test your blood glucose levels.
Find a diabetes prevention program in your community–a proven lifestyle change program that can help you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
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One in Three American adults are living with prediabetes.