Stop diabetes before it begins

Millions have prediabetes and don't know it. Here is why it's important to find out and act to lower your diabetes risk.

Published: June, 2017

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An estimated one out of three American adults is prediabetic, which means blood sugar levels are higher than normal but below the threshold for type 2 diabetes. Yet 90% of these people do not realize they are in this dangerous gray zone.

"You are not going to have symptoms for prediabetes," says Dr. David Nathan, director of the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital Diabetes Center. "Instead, you or your doctor should determine if you have any of the common risk factors, get your blood sugar levels checked to determine if you have prediabetes, and then make the necessary lifestyle changes you need to stop type 2 diabetes from occurring."

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