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What is pre-diabetes?

95121089Pre-diabetes, also called impaired glucose regulation (IGR), impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), impaired fasting glycaemia (IFG) and high risk for diabetes occurs when blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to have diabetes.

Pre-diabetes and diabetes can be diagnosed by doing a blood test. This could be a glucose tolerance test or an HbA1c blood test.

People with pre-diabetes are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
If nothing is done about it, most people with pre-diabetes will go on to develop type 2 diabetes within 5-10 years.

However, diabetes can be delayed or prevented in many cases by making positive lifestyle changes. These changes can also help prevent the damage to the heart caused by diabetes

If you have pre-diabetes some of the most important things you can do to reduce the risk of diabetes developing include making changes to your everyday behaviours.

This website is designed for people who already have type 2 diabetes, but it is also relevant to people with pre-diabetes as you may be able to prevent or delay the onset of this condition through lifestyle changes.

Eating and drinking healthily and increasing physical activity levels have many benefits including:

For everyone, quitting smoking and drinking alcohol in moderation are extremely important for staying healthy.

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