• Do I Have Prediabetes

Get the Lowdown on Diabetes

By |2018-07-25T18:54:41+00:00November 20th, 2017|

November is American Diabetes Month®, and to support the American Diabetes Association’s efforts to put this chronic disease in the spotlight, our diabetes educators, Mary Beth and Melissa, answering some commonly asked questions.

Q. What is prediabetes?

Mary Beth Fisher, NKCH diabetes educator

Mary Beth Fisher, NKCH diabetes educator

Mary Beth: Before people develop Type 2 diabetes, they almost always have prediabetes, which means their blood sugar is higher than it should be, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. Prediabetes is a warning sign.

Q. How do I know if I have prediabetes?
Melissa: There are no clear symptoms of prediabetes, so you may have it and not know it. In fact, 84 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, but 90%, or 75.6 million, of them don’t know it.

Some people have symptoms of prediabetes, but you usually don’t find out for sure until you are tested. If you find out you have prediabetes, get tested for Type 2 diabetes every one to two years.

Q. What can I do to prevent getting Type 2 diabetes?
Mary Beth: Having prediabetes is not a guarantee you will automatically develop Type 2 diabetes. For some people, early treatment can actually return blood sugar levels to the normal range. Knowing your risk factors and making lifestyle changes can also help prevent diabetes.

Melissa Zalonis, NKCH diabetes educator

Melissa Zalonis, NKCH diabetes educator

Melissa: I’ll add that research shows you can lower your risk for Type 2 diabetes by 58% by:
Losing weight if you are overweight (just dropping 10-15 pounds can make a difference)
Engaging in moderate exercise such as brisk walking 30 minutes a day, five days a week

What’s Your Risk?

Are you at risk for developing diabetes? Take a risk test to find out!

About the Author:

Mari Rydings
Mari is the content development coordinator for North Kansas City Hospital. She’s the editor of our Your Health magazine, and she writes and edits copy for our web site, brochures and other external communication pieces. Her favorite cookie is the Double Stuf Oreo.

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