"Prediabetes

Are you at risk?

Prediabetes is when blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet diabetic. Prediabetes has no clear warnings. Without a test, you could have it and not even know. Almost all people who get diabetes (high blood sugar) had prediabetes first. But, having prediabetes does not mean you will develop high blood sugar.

You may be at risk for prediabetes if:

  • You have a family past of high blood sugar
  • You weigh more than what is healthy – your body mass index (BMI) is 25 or higher (23 or higher for Asian-Americans)
  • Your ethnic background is African- American, Mexican-American, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander or Asian-American
  • You are not active
  • You have high blood pressure
  • You are a woman and have a history of gestational high blood sugar or have delivered a baby weighing more than 9 pounds

To lower your high blood sugar risk:

  • Lower your BMI – lose 7% of your body weight (14 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds)
  • Eat healthy foods and keep a healthy weight
  • Work out for 30 minutes, five days a week
  • Quit smoking

Don’t  Wait!

If caught early and given care, you can get your blood sugar levels back in the normal range. This could put off, or stop, the progress of high blood sugar. Don’t wait. Talk with your doctor about your risk for prediabetes and getting a high blood sugar testing.

In San Joaquin County, 48% of all adults, were estimated to have prediabetes in 2013-2014.

In Stanislaus County, 45% of all adults, were estimated to have prediabetes in 2013-2014

HPSJ is here to help! We have a Diabetes Disease Management (DM) Program for our members. You can get one-on-one help from a nurse. He or she can send you tips to teach you more about high blood sugar. Remember to ask about resources to help you quit smoking. For information, call Customer Service at 888.936.7526, or TTY/TDD 209.942.6306 (711)

Sources: WebMD, American Diabetes Association

Posted on May 3rd, 2016 and last modified on June 18th, 2019.

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