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What is Prediabetes?

What is Prediabetes?

Someone with prediabetes has higher levels of glucose in the bloodstream than normal, but the levels aren’t yet high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes.

While prediabetes doesn’t carry the same health risks as full-blown diabetes, it almost always develops into type 2 diabetes if left untreated. People with prediabetes also have a 50 percent higher risk for heart disease and stroke than people with normal blood sugar levels.

By Jenilee Matz, MPH. Jenilee Matz, MPH, is a medical writer, health educator, and triathlete based in Charlotte, NC. Published May 1, 2012.