Pre-diabetes - what is it?

People with impaired fasting glucose (IFG) or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) are said to have pre-diabetes. This means their blood sugars are higher than average, but not up to diabetic levels. They are at high risk of developing diabetes and should be involved in active prevention management [ref.15].  

Preventing diabetes is possible

There is evidence that the onset of type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed in most people with IGT. The presence of IFG or IGT should be confirmed on a second test [15]. 

Pre-diabetes, if diagnosed early, tends to give you a 5 year window to prevent you getting diabetes - so its your opportunity! 

If you change your lifestyle long term, by weight loss and by increasing your exercise [9]. Check with your doctor before making such changes. Small changes could improve your health in other ways too

•Ask your doctor for an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) - should be done every year [15].

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