By Dr. Mercola
According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one out of three Americans aged 20 and older has prediabetes, a condition in which your glucose, or blood sugar, levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as full-blown diabetes.1
For those with prediabetes (86 million Americans in all), 15 percent to 30 percent will go on to develop type 2 diabetes within five years, if no lifestyle changes are made, again according to CDC data.
These numbers are already dismal, but new data from a large study out of The Netherlands predicts the problem is only going to get worse.
Nearly Half of Adults May Develop Prediabetes
After tracking and analyzing data from about 10,000 adults for a period of 15 years, researchers found that nearly half of 45-year-olds will develop prediabetes, also known as impaired glucose metabolism, at some point during their lifetime.
Further, three-quarters of those with elevated blood sugar levels at age 45 will go on to develop full-blown diabetes, according to the study.2
While previous studies have looked into population risks of pre-diabetes, this study is among the first to consider a person’s lifetime risk of developing this condition – which is remarkably high. If you’re wondering what blood sugar levels are considered healthy:3
6 millimoles/per liter (108 milligrams per deciliter) or less are considered normal or healthy
6mmol/L and below 7mmol/L (108 to 128 mg/dl) are considered elevated or prediabetic
7mmol/L or greater are diagnosed as diabetes
The silver lining to this finding is that prediabetes can typically be cured by altering your lifestyle; a diagnosis does not mean you’re destined to develop type 2 diabetes. So if you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes, consider yourself lucky.
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