Eat Well Live Well
The Best of Times|September 2020
Eat Well Live Well
Prediabetes: Your Chance to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Abigail McAlister

It is estimated that more than 1 in 3 American adults have prediabetes. A whopping 90% of people with prediabetes don’t even know they have it. A diagnosis of prediabetes means your blood sugar levels are higher than they should be, but they are not high enough to receive a diagnosis of diabetes. Prediabetes may mean your body is producing less insulin, your body may be less sensitive to insulin, or even a combination of both.

Insulin is a hormone that is needed for our cells to absorb sugar for energy, and over time some people’s bodies may not be able to meet the demand for insulin, which causes prediabetes and eventually type 2 diabetes. Having prediabetes and leaving it untreated can put you at an increased risk for developing not only type 2 diabetes, but also heart disease and stroke.

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September 2020