What is Pre-diabetes?
Pre-diabetes means that your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not to the levels to be diagnosed with diabetes. if you've been told by your healthcare provider that you have "pre-diabetes" it also means that without making some healthy changes, you have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. People with pre-diabetes are more likely to develop diabetes within 10 years and they are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
What does Pre-diabetes mean to my health?
Finding out that you are pre-diabetic may feel like bad news at first because it does indicate that you are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Many people with pre-diabetes develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years. In addition, they are at risk for heart disease and stroke.
However, if you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, you have the opportunity to do something about it. Many people diagnosed with pre-diabetes discover that they have the power to make (and enjoy) healthy changes for a better life.
The Importance and Benefits of Healthy Lifestyle Changes
Even if you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes don’t assume you’re also too late to make lifestyle changes that can make a difference. Your efforts to build a healthier life will pay off by making your health and your diabetes easier to manage.
One secret you may not realize is that a healthier lifestyle has side effects – good ones. As you become more physically active, you’ll develop strength and endurance that can bring “bonuses” into your life you may not have considered before. Perhaps a daily walk leads to hiking or biking with friends and family. Perhaps learning about nutrition leads to a new enjoyment of creative cooking. What you discover will be your own adventure.
This content was last reviewed August 2015.