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Sponsored: Prediabetes

Question: My doctor has told me I have "prediabetes" - what does this mean?

Answer: Prediabetes, also known as "impaired glucose tolerance" is a fasting blood glucose (sugar) of 100mg/dl -125mg/dl. 

(99 mg/dl or less is considered a normal or desirable fasting blood glucose and a fasting blood glucose test of 126mg/dl or higher is considered diabetes)

Risk factors for prediabetes are:

• Age (45 and older)

• Weight gain - being overweight or obese

• Not being physically active/not getting regular exercise

• Having a history of gestational diabetes (impaired glucose tolerance when pregnant)

• Giving birth to a baby that weighs more than 9 lbs. 

• Having polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

• Certain races have increased risk of diabetes.

• A family history of diabetes

Tip: If you have never had a fasting blood glucose test make sure you ask your physician about this. Also, when you do have a fasting blood glucose test done as part of a physical exam or health screening be sure and ask 'What are my blood glucose numbers?'

Source/Resource: https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/prediabetes.html

Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian

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