What is Prediabetes
Prediabetes occurs when a person’s blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes.
By making lifestyle modifications those with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes
Prediabetes is also called:
- Borderline Diabetes
- Impaired Fasting Glucose (IFG)
- Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT)
You can have prediabetes for several years before Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed.
It is important to have your GP (general Practitioner) check your blood sugar if you have any of the following risk factors:
- Being overweight
- 45 years of age or older
- Physically active less than 3 times a week
- Family History of Type 2 Diabetes
- Previous diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes
Prediabetes Now What?
Having prediabetes does not mean you will progress to having Type 2 diabetes. With intentional changes to your lifestyle, you can lower your risk of prediabetes progressing to Type 2 Diabetes. A small amount of weight loss, (5-7% of your body weight) and an increase of weekly physical activity is a great start. Aim for at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week- 5 x 30 minutes, daily even better!