Understanding Your Risk
Prediabetes (also known as Impaired Glucose Tolerance or Impaired Fasting Glucose) means a person’s blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal, but not high enough yet for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.1 Having an awareness of prediabetes is important for three reasons: first, if left untreated, prediabetes can progress into type 2 diabetes; second, prediabetes represents an increased risk of cardiovascular disease; and third, identifying those with prediabetes provides an opportunity to introduce interventions (changes to lifestyle or the use of medications) that can reduce the risk of progressing to type 2 diabetes.1
It is estimated that over 374 million adults have prediabetes, or nearly 7.5% of the world’s adult population.1 One of the greatest challenges in treating prediabetes is identifying who is at risk. In the United States, it is estimated that 1 in 3 adults has prediabetes, yet nearly 9 out of 10 people with prediabetes are unaware they have the condition. A number of well-established programs – such as the Diabetes Prevention Program – emphasize weight loss and exercise as effective options to help people with prediabetes. In addition, making healthy food choices – such as choosing foods with less sugar and a low glycemic index – can make a big difference.
The good news is that it’s easy to know your risk for prediabetes. The American Diabetes Association – in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – have developed an easy, one-minute Prediabetes Risk Assessment that can help you understand whether you’re at risk for prediabetes. You can take the test by clicking this link.2 * Nestle Health Science provides a range of products that may be appropriate if you or a loved one have or are at risk for prediabetes. You can find information about our products by following this link.