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what you need to know about pre-diabetes prediabtes   
An estimated 41 million Americans have the condition identified since 2002 as prediabetes, which, if left unchecked, inevitably will lead to full-blown diabetes. From one of the world's leading diabetes "patient experts," this first-ever practical guide offers fifty essential, informative ideas and simple steps to help this vast and rapidly growing constituency manage their condition and thereby reduce their chances of developing full-blown diabetes. Prediabetes clearly explains what readers can do today, no matter what their age, and whether or not they have a family history of diabetes, a severe weight problem, or are members of an ethnic group at high risk-including Hispanics, Native Americans, African Americans, and Pacific Islanders. Helpful drawings and graphs are featured throughout in this new, revised edition.

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Information for the Newly Diagnosed with Diabetes
What is pre-diabetes?

What is pre-diabetes? (also spelled "prediabetes")

Pre-diabetes is NOT yet diabetes, but could become type 2 diabetes unless lifestyle changes are made.

Another term for pre-diabetes is impaired glucose tolerance (IGT).  IGT refers to when a person has abnormal blood glucose levels but not enough to be classified as diabetic.  Blood glucose levels in the following ranges classify a person as having IGT (also called impaired glucose homeostasis), specifically as follows:

     People with fasting glucose levels from 110 to 126 mg/dL have impaired fasting glucose.

     People with 2 hour postprandial (two hours after being given glucose) blood glucose levels between 140-200 mg/dL have impaired glucose tolerance

Pre-diabetes is a risk factor for onset of type 2 diabetes and although pre-diabetes can sometimes be completely reversed there is no cure for type 2 diabetes once it occurs.  Women who have had gestational diabetes (and their babies) are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

As with type 1 diabetes, many people carry the genetic risk factors for type 2 diabetes.  While it is not possible to predict type 2 there are factors that play a key role in who will develop it.  Studies show that an unhealthy lifestyle of inactivity and high-fat, processed carbohydrate diets and obesity are controllable triggers of type 2 diabetes.  

Click on the following links for more information about pre-diabetes:

What is Pre-Diabetes (Also called Impaired Glucose Tolerance [IGT])
How are Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes, and Type 2 Diabetes Linked?
What Causes Insulin Resistance?
What are the Symptoms of Insulin Resistance and Pre-Diabetes?
Tests for Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes?
Lab Tests and What They Show
Can you Reverse Insulin Resistance?
Can Medicines Help?



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