What is prediabetes? A person with prediabetes has a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. Prediabetes is a serious health condition that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
- 79 million Americans—35% of adults aged 20 years and older—have prediabetes.
- Half of all Americans aged 65 years and older have prediabetes.
- Without lifestyle changes to improve their health, 15% to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.
For more information on prediabetes visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention prediabetes web page.
Here are just a few of the recent statistics on diabetes:
- Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
- Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
- The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
For more information on National Diabetes Month and on diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association web site.