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What Is Prediabetes?

Did you know? About 10% of adults in the United States have Type 2 diabetes, a chronic condition in which your body can’t properly regulate blood sugar, leading to high blood sugar levels and possible organ damage.

Even more alarming, up to a third of adults may have prediabetes, where blood sugar levels are elevated, but not so high as to be considered clinical diabetes. Prediabetes means you are in danger of developing diabetes—but it also means there’s still time to take action and avoid diabetes.

The team at AFC Urgent Care Centennial can help you find out if you have prediabetes or diabetes. They can also help you start making healthy choices to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.

Am I at Risk for Diabetes?

Prediabetes usually has no symptoms. And it isn’t a disease—it just means you’re at risk. If you’re age 45 or older, overweight or exercise less than three times a week, you should be tested for diabetes or prediabetes.

You should also be tested if you have a family history of diabetes or if you’ve ever had gestational diabetes.

Risk Factors for Prediabetes and Diabetes

  • Older age
  • Excess weight
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Personal history of gestational diabetes or polycystic ovary syndrome

What Should I Do If I Have Prediabetes?

First, talk with a trusted healthcare provider. They’ll counsel you about specific lifestyle changes you need to make. They can also prescribe any medications you need to help control your blood sugar.

It may not be what you want to hear, but learning you have prediabetes could be a great moment to take your health in a new direction.

Steps to Cut Your Diabetes Risk

  • Exercise frequently.
  • Eat a variety of fresh, unprocessed foods.
  • Reduce the sugar and carbs in your diet.
  • If you’re overweight, take steps to lose weight.
  • Stop smoking.

Have you been told you have prediabetes, or that you’re at risk for diabetes? Make an AFC TeleCare appointment with our AFC Urgent Care Centennial team to find the answers you need.

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