Pre-diabetes is the stage before full-fledged diabetes develops. Statistics reveal that nearly a quarter of all Americans live in this pre-diabetic stage. Affected individuals will notice their blood sugar levels significantly increase. In most cases, a pre-diabetic person will eventually develop diabetes. But changes to diet and exercise, coupled with medications, can prevent this.
A pre-diabetic person will have higher blood sugar levels than normal. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), these levels are, on average, 100 to 125 mg/dl. Some experts claim blood sugar levels below 100 mg/dl may also indicate pre-diabetes. Weight and genetics play a role in the likelihood of developing diabetes, so people who are overweight and those with family histories of diabetes should consider regular testing.
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