Prediabetes is a health condition where your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not high enough to be called Type 2 diabetes. Not that the aim is to acquire full-blown Type 2 diabetes, the aim is not to!
Doctors sometimes call prediabetes Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT) or Impaired Fasting Blood Sugar (IFG) depending on the type of blood sugar test they use to determine whether or not you have diabetes. However, as mentioned by the American Diabetes Association, the word “prediabetes” is now more commonly used by most doctors because of the clearer meaning this term signifies. It means that if prediabetes is detected and no action is taken to turn it around, full-blown Type 2 diabetes will develop. Unfortunately, there may already be a few signs of some of the complications that accompany this lifestyle disease.
According to the American Diabetes Association, around eleven percent of people diagnosed with prediabetes will develop Type 2. In fact, as stated by the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, one in four American adults from 20 years onwards, have prediabetes! It’s been found that many people are prone to developing diabetes 10 years from the time of the initial diagnosis of prediabetes.