Prediabetes affects 1 in 3 American adults but many don’t even know they have it according to the American Diabetes Association. Prediabetes and diabetes have become so common, it’s easy to forget that they have a serious impact on one’s physical, social, and mental health as well as the financial health of families.
Prediabetes means a person’s blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. People with prediabetes are on the road to develop type 2 diabetes and are also at increased risk for serious health problems such as stroke and heart disease. Prediabetes often can be reversed through lifestyle changes such as increased physical activity, healthy eating, and weight loss. The earlier people are diagnosed with prediabetes, the more likely that they can reverse it and prevent type 2 diabetes.