Prediabetes is the term used to indicate blood sugar (blood glucose) levels that are elevated, but not yet indicative of diabetes. If left untreated, it is estimated that people with prediabetes may become diabetic in the years that follow. Although prediabetes may not cause any symptoms, per say, damage may be occurring to the heart and overall circulation. This damage (inflammation, poor healing, and impaired circulation) can lead to heart disease, stroke, and numerous other serious illnesses.
The good news is that a diagnosis of prediabetes is an opportunity to improve your overall health, not just lower your blood sugar levels. Simple changes in diet (reduced intake of processed foods, fast foods; increased water intake, adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet) can positively impact your overall health. Lifestyle behaviors (increasing your level of activity, improved sleep patterns, daily exercise, stress reduction and smoking cessation) significantly lower your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes as well.
The National Institute of Health and the National Diabetes Education Program estimate there are an estimated 79 million adults, aged 20 and older, with prediabetes. The American Diabetes Association estimates that only 7.3% of these adults have actually been told they have prediabetes. Check both sites out for more information on healthy choices to reduce your risk of diabetes. Knowledge is power.