What is prediabetes?
Prediabetes is a condition in which your blood sugar is higher than normal—but not yet high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes.
Don't let the "pre" fool you. Prediabetes is a serious health condition. But by changing your diet and increasing your physical activity, you can prevent your prediabetes from becoming type 2 diabetes, or at least delay the process.
Type 2 diabetes can lead to serious health problems such as kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, and even death.
What's more, people with prediabetes have a higher chance of getting heart disease or having a stroke.
Prediabetes is much more common than you probably realize.
Worried you have prediabetes? Know for sure.
To know for sure if you have prediabetes, you need a blood test. For that, you need to visit a doctor. See how knowing (his blood sugar levels) made a difference for this patient:
Who's at risk for prediabetes?
A main risk factor of prediabetes is having too much body fat—in other words, being overweight or obese. Obesity is a serious problem. About 76 million people in the U.S. are overweight, defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 25 and 30. About 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. are obese.
Why is obesity a key contributor to prediabetes? Because of insulin.
- Insulin is made in your pancreas. It controls glucose, a type of sugar that your body uses for energy
- When you gain weight, your body doesn't use insulin properly
- Your glucose level goes up, which is a result of processes that lead to prediabetes and diabetes
Handy tools to help you take charge
| MyQuest™ |
Get convenient access to your health information and test results, anytime and anywhere, with MyQuest
| Appointment Scheduler |
You can remotely schedule, review, change, or cancel any appointment with the Quest Appointment Scheduler
| Lifestyle-change programs |
Find a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention lifestyle-change program that supports patients with prediabetes
| Test preparation and scheduling |