Prediabetes vs. Diabetes

What Is "Prediabetes"?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, prediabetes is a condition people get before they are diagnosed with diabetes. Prediabetes is characterized by blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes often does not have any symptoms and many people don't know they have it.

There are 86 million people in the United States who have prediabetes. Recent research has shown that some long-term damage to the body, especially the heart and circulatory system, may already be occurring during prediabetes.

Though prediabetes is often a precursor to diabetes — diet and lifestyle changes, including modest weight loss, can help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, now is the time for action to prevent diabetes.

What Is Diabetes?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, diabetes is a disease in which blood sugar levels are above normal. Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.