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Published on December 02, 2013

Pre-Diabetes & Diabetes Prevention

35 percent of U.S. adults aged 20 years or older have pre-diabetes, a potentially dangerous long-term disease. Dr. Patricia Golden, family practice physician with Wheaton Franciscan Medical Groups, says that a blood test can help assess your risk, and your doctor can work with you to monitor your care and reduce your risk if you’re pre-diabetic.

Should I Be Screened for Prediabetes?

Pre-diabetes is a condition characterized by abnormally high blood sugar levels that are not so high that diabetes may be diagnosed. The American Diabetes Association recommends that people age 45 or older who are overweight be screened for pre-diabetes. If you are a healthy weight but in this age group, ask your doctor if you should get tested. Others who may need a blood test for pre-diabetes include those younger than 45 with:

  • High blood pressure.
  • Low HDL ("good") cholesterol levels and high levels of triglycerides, or blood fats.
  • A family history of diabetes or a personal history of gestational diabetes (diabetes in pregnancy).
  • A baby that weighed more than 9 pounds at birth.
  • Black, Hispanic or American Indian ancestry because these groups are at higher-than-average risk of diabetes. Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans are also at higher risk.

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