Your Choice for Change - Honoring the Gift of Heart Health for American Indians
Section Six - Protect Your Heart: Take Good Care of Your Diabetes for Life
People with type 2 diabetes may develop symptoms slowly or may not have symptoms at all.
What Is Prediabetes?
Sally: "The doctor told me that I have prediabetes. My fasting blood sugar was 120 mg/dL. I am also overweight. The news made me change my habits. I do not want to develop diabetes."
Prediabetes is a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to have diabetes. People with prediabetes are likely to develop diabetes. If you have prediabetes, you can take these steps to prevent diabetes:
- Eat foods lower in fat and calories.
- Aim for a healthy weight, and lose weight if you are overweight.
- Be physically active on most days.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service
National Institutes of Health
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
NIH Publication No. 08-6340