According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 9 out of 10 people do not know they have prediabetes.

People with prediabetes have blood glucose (blood sugar) levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. These individuals are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

By taking steps to prevent type 2 diabetes, you also lower your risk for possible complications of diabetes such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage and other health problems.

Risk Factors

Many factors increase your risk for prediabetes. These include:

  • 45 years of age or older
  • Overweight
  • Parent with diabetes
  • Sister or brother with diabetes
  • Family background that is African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American or Pacific Islander
  • Had diabetes when pregnant (gestational diabetes), or gave birth to a baby weighing nine pounds or more
  • Participate in physical activity less than three times a week

If any of these apply to you, you may be at risk for prediabetes. Changing diet and exercise helps to prevent type 2 diabetes, and Altru's Weight Management Program helps patients learn healthy lifestyle habits. Visit with your healthcare provider for ways to reduce your risk of developing diabetes or any related conditions. You may also be a candidate for the National Diabetes Prevention Program. To find open classes in your area, click here.

Call 701.732.7620 to learn more about the program.