What is Prediabetes?
Prediabetes is sometimes referred to as "Impaired Fasting Glucose" or "Impaired Glucose Tolerance." In the past, “borderline diabetes” may have been used to describe prediabetes. We now use the official term “prediabetes.”
In pre diabetes, blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to diagnose diabetes.
It is estimated that approximately 6 million Canadians have prediabetes. Prediabetes may lead to Type 2 Diabetes. However, it is possible to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. By making healthy lifestyle changes, you can lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by almost 60 per cent!
People with prediabetes often are producing more insulin than normal. Insulin is a hormone that lowers blood sugar.
Most people will not experience any symptoms. Some people may experience symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). If uncontrolled, over time people may experience the signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes.