Prediabetes and What You Should Know

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

The most recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that more than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes.

Prediabetes often has no symptoms but your chances increase if you:

  • are age 45 or older (but this can affect anyone including children)
  • are African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander
  • have a family member with diabetes
  • are overweight
  • are physically inactive
  • have high blood pressure
  • have low HDL cholesterol and/or high triglycerides
  • had diabetes during pregnancy
  • have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) 1

Please print this Prediabetes risk test. If your score is 5 or higher and you haven’t been in to see us within the past 12 months, call to schedule an appointment for testing and to talk with your provider.

  • Prediabetes can be diagnosed with a simple blood test. If you have prediabetes, your healthcare provider will help you make a plan to decrease the chance of progressing to type 2 diabetes Small steps can add up to big results according to the American Diabetes Association:
    Find ways to move more like parking further from your destination, walking on your lunch break, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Start dinner with a leafy salad, eat more vegetables and lean protein and drink flavored water instead of soda or fruit juice.
    You may need medication but many people find that making healthy lifestyle changes is even more effective.

Prediabetes is a warning. Progression from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes is NOT inevitable. This is good news! By eating healthy foods, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight you can help bring your blood sugar level back to normal.2

Learn more about prediabetes and get ideas for healthy meals.

At Edina Sports + Family Medicine We Care About All Aspects of Your Health. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns: 952-926-6489

1 American Diabetes Association
2 Mayo Clinic