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Pre-diabetes

Pre-diabetes is a condition where the body's cells begin to show resistance to insulin. Glucose circulates in the blood instead of being used by the cells for energy. Blood sugar levels become elevated. Increased weight, unhealthy diet and a sedentary lifestyle can lead to pre-diabetes.

What to Know About Insulin Resistance
Insulin resistance occurs when the body's ability to process glucose becomes impaired. Glucose enters the blood after food is eaten. Normally, the pancreas will excrete insulin, which helps the glucose move out of the blood and in to the cells, where the body can use it for energy.

What is Pre-diabetes
A diagnosis of pre-diabetes means that the cells in your body are becoming resistant to insulin and your blood glucose levels are higher than they should be. Since the levels aren't as high as they would be if you had Type 2 diabetes, the term "pre-diabetes" is used.

What You Need to Know About Pre-Diabetes
Over 41 million adult Americans between the ages of 40 and 74 have prediabetes. Prediabetes is a precursor to type 2 diabetes. If you are diagnosed with prediabetes it means that the cells in your body are becoming resistant to insulin and your blood glucose levels are higher than normal.

Symptoms and Treatment of Prediabetes
Prediabetes almost always precedes type 2 diabetes. High blood sugar levels are not only linked to type 2 diabetes, but to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Prediabetes was formerly referred to as impaired fasting glucose (IFG) or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT).

Weight Control and Diet Can Prevent Pre-diabetes
Obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or over, accounts for nearly 300,000 deaths in the US each year. It is associated with more chronic health problems than smoking, heavy drinking, or being poor, says A.D.A.M. Healthcare Center. Obesity is a major risk factor for developing pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.

Metabolic Syndrome - Risk Factors for Diabetes and Heart Disease
What is metabolic syndrome and what does it have to do with diabetes? Metabolic syndrome is a group of symptoms that when clustered together can increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease or stroke. Obesity, high blood pressure, a higher than normal fasting blood glucose, high triglycerides and low HDLs all figure prominently when it comes to your risk of diabetes, heart disease or strokes

Diet and Exercise Lowers Risk of Type 2 in People with Pre-diabetes
People diagnosed with pre-diabetes (impaired glucose tolerance) can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by losing just 5 to 7 percent of their body weight and exercising regularly, according to a clinical study by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Bypass These Health Road Blocks
When you've been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, it can be difficult to navigate all the health advice out there. You have to watch your diet, exercise more and perhaps even lose some weight. Smoking, fast food, processed foods and a sedentary lifestyle are all roadblocks to good health.

Fasting Plasma Glucose Test
The fasting plasma glucose (FPG) test, also known as the fasting blood sugar test, measures blood glucose (blood sugar) levels and is used to diagnose diabetes in non-pregnant adults. Relatively simple and inexpensive, the test exposes problems with insulin functioning.

Type 2 Diabetes Care Guide
A.D.A.M. Healthcare Center provides a comprehensive Type 2 Diabetes Care Guide for newly diagnosed and established diabetes patients.

Diabetes Risk Factors
Being diagnosed with pre-diabetes puts you at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. See the risk factors associated with Diabetes.

Insulin Resistance and Pre-Diabetes
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) explains what insulin resistance is, what causes it, and how it affects your chances of developing diabetes and/or heart disease.

FAQ's About Pre-diabetes From the ADA
The American Diabetes Association answers your questions about pre-diabetes, insulin resistance, and how to find out if you have this condition.

What is Metabolic Syndrome
People may have metabolic syndrome if they have a cluster of symptoms that put them at risk for coronary artery disease.

What Can You Do if You Have Been Diagnosed with Prediabetes
Prediabetes, how to prevent diabetes, what to eat if I have prediabetes.

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