nullCould you have pre-diabetes and not know it? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a quarter of American adults are pre-diabetic—have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes—but most are unaware of it.

CDC researchers analyzed 2006 data from the National Health Interview Survey and found that only four percent of the participants reported having pre-diabetes.
But researchers believe that actually 26 percent of adults suffer from this condition.

Some of the symptoms of pre-diabetes include impaired fasting glucose and impaired glucose tolerance (a state of elevated blood glucose level). People with the condition are at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

But there is good news: If people are aware that they have the condition and make the proper lifestyle changes, those changes can prevent or delay the development of diabetes.

Learn more about pre-diabetes and what you can do about it here.