How To Prevent And Treat Prediabetes
By Mike Boyle

According to a 2007 study published in Diabetes Care, nearly 60 million Americans – most overweight - have prediabetes, and about 70 percent of them will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetimes.

However, prediabetes, defined as being at high risk for type 2 diabetes, often goes undiagnosed. A study published in April in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine estimates that just 7 percent of people with prediabetes have been told they have it, says a report from U.S. News & World Report. "Of this small number," the report continues, "only half were taking action to prevent type 2 diabetes, such as by trying to lose weight and increasing physical activity. And just a third had been counseled by their healthcare providers about how to reduce their risk."

As U.S. News & World Report points out, "Prediabetes is diagnosed when blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to qualify as diabetes. An A1C test (a measure of blood glucose over time) or one or more blood glucose readings are used for diagnosis. An A1C level of 5.7 to 6.4 percent means prediabetes, as well as a fasting blood glucose level of 100 to 125, or glucose levels of 140 to 199 at the 2–hour point of a glucose tolerance test."

So, how can one prevent and treat prediabetes? There are four simple steps, and you can learn what they are from U.S. News & World Report here.

In addition, you can read the full text of the 2007 study on prediabetes published in Diabetes Care here, and look over an abstract of the April American Journal of Preventative Medicine-published study on prediabetes here.


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Originally posted May 14, 2010.