via BlackDoctor:

We tend to take warning signs in our everyday lives for granted. Car horns and fire alarms can feel like noisy nuisances more times than not, but they save lives.

Being diagnosed with prediabetes is like that car horn that keeps you from colliding into another car.

Prediabetes is a condition where your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not yet high enough to be type 2 diabetes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three Americans has prediabetes, but 90% of people don’t know they have it.

Prediabetes is not a diabetes diagnosis. Instead, it indicates that you’re on the path to developing type 2 diabetes. You can think of it as a signal that it’s time to up your prevention game.

Here’s what you need to know about prediabetes.

* You’re at higher risk for developing prediabetes if you:

  • Are overweight
  • Are 45 or older
  • Have had gestational diabetes
  • Gave birth to a baby that weighs more than 9 pounds
  • Having a parent or sibling with diabetes
  • Have polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Are physically active fewer than 3 times a week

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