Age. The risk for getting
prediabetes and type 2 diabetes increases with age.
And the number of children being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is increasing.
Usually, children who get type 2 diabetes have a family history of the disease,
are overweight, and are physically inactive.
Race and ethnicity. African Americans, Hispanics,
Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders are at higher risk
than whites for type 2 diabetes.
Prediabetes. Having prediabetes means that you are at risk for type 2 diabetes. It's important to get treatment. If your fastingblood sugar levels are in
the range from 100
mg/dL to 125 mg/dL, you are at increased risk for
type 2 diabetes.1
If you're worried
You can take
a test to find out your risk(What is a PDF document?) of getting type 2 diabetes. If you are at risk, you can
discuss with your doctor how to make healthy changes in your life.
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Your level is currently
If the level is below 70 and you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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