Islets of Hope for persons with prediabetes
Article by Lahle Wolfe, 03/25/2006. For reprint information e-mail Editor@isletsofhope.com
Did You Know?
... that the diabetes drug Glucophage (metformin), a biguanide, reduced the risk of diabetes in those with prediabetes but was less successful than simply losing weight and increasing activity? (NIH DPP Study) See our Lifestyles section to learn how you can improve your health without medication.
... that prediabetes increases your risk of getting type 2 diabetes and of having heart disease or a stroke?
... that prediabetes can be reversed without insulin or medication by losing a modest amount of weight and increasing your physical activity?
... that an international expert committee of the American Diabetes Association recently redefined the criteria for prediabetes, lowering the blood sugar level cut-off point for pre-diabetes?
Approximately 20% more adults are now believed to have this condition and may develop diabetes within 10 years if they do not exercise or maintain a healthy weight.
Prediabetes: Impaired glucose tolerance and impaired fasting glucose
According to the NIH,, prediabetes is a term used to distinguish people who are at increased risk of developing diabetes. People with prediabetes have impaired fasting glucose (IFG) or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). Some people may have both IFG and IGT.
IFG is a condition in which the fasting blood sugar level is elevated (100 to 125 milligrams per deciliter or mg/dL) after an overnight fast but is not high enough to be classified as diabetes.
IGT is a condition in which the blood sugar level is elevated (140 to 199 mg/dL) after a 2-hour oral glucose tolerance test, but is not high enough to be classified as diabetes.
In a cross-section of U.S. adults aged 40-74 years who were tested from 1988 to 1994, 33.8% had IFG, 15.4% had IGT, and 40.1% had prediabetes (IGT or IFG or both). Were these percentages applied to the 2000 U.S. population, about 35 million adults aged 40-74 would have IFG, 16 million would have IGT, and 41 million would have prediabetes.
Progression to diabetes among those with prediabetes is not inevitable. Studies suggest that weight loss and increased physical activity among people with prediabetes prevent or delay diabetes and may return blood glucose levels to normal.
People with prediabetes are already at increased risk for other adverse health outcomes such as heart disease and stroke.
Study and resource links for prediabetes information
More Information about metabolic disorders
Lifestyle Changes - Diet, Exercise, Sports, Stress Management
Body Mass Index Table (BMI) (information and chart)
Support & Resource Links
University Hospital in Birmingham, AL offers a prediabetes education class: A condition known as pre-diabetes can mean diabetes is on the horizon—or it can be a valuable wake-up call. The Kirklin Clinic at UAB offers a prediabetes class each month, including information on healthy eating and diet planning. The cost is $45. For more information, please call 205-801-8711.
The Joslin Diabetes Center is an institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School, which is an international leader in diabetes treatment and research.
Stopping prediabetes in its tracks: Weight loss and exercise can turn condition around (A resource and information article on pre-diabetes by MSNBC)
Pre-Diabetes Class: If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, learn what steps you can take to lead a healthy life and reduce the risk of developing complications. Call 800-716-2808 to register for this free class.
Lakeland Regional Health System is a not-for-profit, full service system of care serving southwest Michigan. Created in 1992 to help control rising healthcare costs and improve accessibility, Lakeland is made up of three acute-care hospitals, Lakeland Hospital, St. Joseph, Lakeland Hospital, Niles and Lakeland Specialty Hospital, Berrien Center and the Lakeland Center for Outpatient Services which offers a comprehensive range of diagnostic testing and outpatient procedures in one convenient location.
Dearborn County Hospital, 600 Wilson Creek Road, Lawrenceburg, Ohio
Moving Towards Control: This support group for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes meets quarterly. The dates for 2006 are:
For more information, please call Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, Shawn Crandell at 812-537-8163 or 800-676-5572, ext. 8163.
Links for Information on Prediabetes & Insulin Resistance
DPP Study Information Links
Who participated in the DPP? NIH's DPP Study consisted of 3,234 study participants that were overweight and had IGT, which are both well-recognized risk factors for the development of type 2 diabetes.
In addition, 45% of the study participants were from minority groups (African American, Hispanic American/Latino, Asian American or Pacific Islander, or American Indian) that are at increased risk of developing diabetes.
NIH DPP Press Release (2002)
Page Updated 09/01/2006