What is prediabetes?
Prediabetes is a condition in which a person's blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but are not high enough to be considered diabetes. This means a fasting blood sugar of 100-125 mg/dl or a value of 140-199 mg/dl two hours after a glucose tolerance test. Prediabetes can also be diagnosed with a A1c value (the three month average blood sugar) of 5.7-6.4%.
People with prediabetes do not often exhibit any symptoms. They are, however, at greater risk for developing diabetes and having a heart attack or stroke.
Could you have prediabetes?
A person with certain risk factors is more likely to develop prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. These risk factors include: age, especially after 45 years of age; being overweight or obese; a family history of diabetes; having an African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander racial or ethnic background; a history of diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or having given birth to a baby weighing nine pounds or more; and being physically active less than three times a week.
Take the short quiz online and find out if you are at risk for prediabetes: Take the Risk Test
A way to prevent type 2 diabetes
Research conducted on people with prediabetes in the Diabetes Prevention Program at National Institutes of Health demonstrated that a 5-7% weight loss could prevent or delay diabetes. Use the following link for more information on the Diabetes Prevention Program: http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/preventionprogram/
Find a local diabetes prevention program
Visit CDC's online registry of recognized organizations
to find out if there is a lifestyle class being offered at this time in your community. If you don't find a CDC-recognized program in your area, a local YMCA may offer a similar program. Visit the Y Program Web Site
for information about more local programs.
Department of Public Health Contact Information
Connecticut Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP)
410 Capitol Ave, MS 11-CHLS
Hartford, CT 06134
P: (860) 509-7737
F: (860) 509-7855