If you are among the 84 million people in the United States who have prediabetes, there is one important thing to know: Developing diabetes is not inevitable.
Those who learn they have prediabetes can often reverse their condition and prevent diabetes through lifestyle changes alone, or with medication.
Diabetes is a worldwide epidemic. More than 30 million Americans have this disease, tripling their chances of heart attack and stroke. In the United States, diabetes is also the leading cause of adult blindness, kidney failure, and non-traumatic foot amputations.
Diabetes occurs when there is too much glucose, or sugar, in the bloodstream. Having prediabetes means that you have a blood sugar level that is higher than normal, but not quite high enough to be considered diabetes.