Prediabetes - What Happens
a warning sign that you are at risk for getting type 2 diabetes.
It is estimated that 7 out of 10 people who have prediabetes will get type 2 diabetes.1 Studies have shown that by losing weight and increasing physical activity, people can prevent or delay prediabetes from becoming diabetes.2
time, high blood sugar levels increase your risk for diabetes and heart
disease, even if you're still healthy. Compared
to people with normal blood sugar levels, people with prediabetes
have a higher risk of heart attack or
When you have prediabetes,
you're also at higher risk for eye, nerve, kidney and heart disease, and for stroke. For more information on these complications, see the topic
Type 2 Diabetes.
One Man's Story:
When he first found out he
had prediabetes, Jerry felt angry and frustrated. His doctor told him to lose
weight and get more exercise, or else run the risk of getting type 2 diabetes.
"I thought, 'What's the point? I might still get diabetes.' I felt like I was stuck either way. But it turns out there's a lot you
Read more about Jerry.
You can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and
related health problems by making healthy lifestyle changes, such
- Watching your weight.
- Making healthy food choices.
- Being active.
For more information, see the Prevention section of this topic.