Answers to Common Diabetes Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about diabetes.

What is pre-diabetes? If a person is diagnosed with this, does it mean it will develop into diabetes?

If you are diagnosed with pre-diabetes, it means you have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Pre-diabetes does not always have clear symptoms. Oftentimes, people find out they have pre-diabetes because they are tested for diabetes, according to the ADA.

Once you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, you should be checked for type 2 diabetes every year to two years, according to the ADA.

Just because you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes does not mean you will automatically develop type 2 diabetes, according to the ADA.

Some things you can do to lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, according to the ADA, include:

  • Losing 7 percent of your body weight. If you weigh 200 pounds, this would only be 15 pounds.
  • Moderately exercising for 30 minutes a day, at least five days a week. Exercise could include brisk walking.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Diabetes Education Program has a “Just One Step” campaign, which helps guide users to make a plan toward a healthier lifestyle, according to the CDC. The site provides diet and exercise options that can help people lose weight to get healthier “one step at a time.”

Talk to your physician for more information about pre-diabetes.

Learn more:

Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Isaac Corney, MD, Trotwood Physician Center; Ann DeClue, MD, Saadeddine Dughman, MD, Advanced Cardiovascular Institute; Gary Fishbein, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Roger Goodenough, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; J. Wes Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Timothy O Donnell, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; Miguel Parilo, MD, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Srikanth Sadhu, MD, Advanced Cardiovascular Institute; Trisha Zeidan, MD, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Miguel Parilo, MD, FACP, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Kristine Sun, MD; Premier Family Care of Mason;

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