A person with prediabetes has a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. He or she is at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems, including heart disease, and stroke. Without lifestyle changes to improve their health, 15% to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.
A person with certain risk factors is more likely to develop prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. These risk factors include:
- age over 45
- being overweight or obest
- 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 gestational diabetes (diabetes while pregnant)
- being physically active less than three times a week.
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