Prediabetes

You may be developing type 2 diabetes and not even know it.

Martha Gulati, MD, FACC, CardioSmart Editor-in-Chief
Learn more about Prediabetes

You’ve probably heard of diabetes. But what about prediabetes?

Like it sounds, if you have “pre-” diabetes, you don’t have type 2 diabetes yet. But the amount of sugar (glucose) in your blood suggests you may be headed in that direction. With prediabetes, blood sugar levels are slightly higher than normal (between 100 and 127 mg/dL). Between 70 and 100 mg/dL is considered normal.

If you are told you have prediabetes, consider it an early warning. It means you need to take steps to put your health first in order to stop or slow the onset of type 2 diabetes. Even at this early stage, higher than normal blood sugar levels can start to damage your heart and circulatory systems. In fact, people with prediabetes are more likely to develop heart disease or a stroke.

Commit to making smart lifestyle changes. Losing excess weight, being more physically active and not smoking can go a long way to getting your health back on track to avoid full-blown diabetes and related problems. Doing so will also help lower your risk of heart disease, too. Use this condition center to learn more about prediabetes, create a list of questions to ask your health care provider and get practical tips.

Prediabetes News & Events

ACC Partners with Google to Share Reliable Heart Health Information

Sep 20, 2016
“Ask a Doctor” feature promotes patient-provider engagement.

The Importance of Promoting Heart Health in Children

Sep 17, 2016
Experts highlight early education about heart health for prevention later in life.

Diabetes Outcomes Strongly Influenced by Income and Education

Aug 01, 2016
Poor adults with type 2 diabetes have greater risk of death than those with higher income and education levels.
CardioSmart News

Virtual Health Programs Could Improve Global Health

May 22, 2016
An online challenge promotes physical activity and weight loss in over 60 countries.

Heart Disease Burden Has Shifted to Southern U.S. States

May 04, 2016

The highest death rates from heart disease have shifted to the South since the 1970s.

Decline in Dementia Rates Over Past Three Decades

Mar 08, 2016

Study analyzed data on trends in older adults in the Framingham Heart Study.

Texting Programs Improve Medication Adherence in Patients with Chronic Disease

Feb 26, 2016
A recent study suggests that text messaging programs double the odds of medication adherence in adults with chronic disease.

Too Little Exercise Remains a Prime Concern for Americans

Jan 18, 2016
Experts reaffirm that health benefits from exercise far outweigh risks.

Cardiac Rehab is Lifesaving for Heart Patients

Jan 10, 2016

Exercise-based rehab programs reduce risk for heart-related death by 26%.

Heart Disease Remains Top Killer in the United States

Jan 10, 2016

Heart disease accounts for 1 in 3 deaths, highlighting an urgent need for prevention and treatment.

Women with Diabetes at Greater Risk for Heart Disease than Men

Jan 09, 2016

Experts highlight the need to better address increased cardiovascular risk in women with diabetes.

Declines in U.S. Death Rates Have Slowed

Nov 19, 2015
Researchers measure progress on heart disease and other leading causes of death, and identify areas for improvement.

Low-Fat Diets Not the Best Weight Loss Solution

Nov 19, 2015

A review of more than 50 clinical trials comparing low- versus higher-fat diets shows no significant difference in weight loss results.

African-American Veterans Healthier Than White Counterparts

Oct 22, 2015

Analysis of VA data stands in contrast to health disparities in the general U.S. population.

Music Boosts Heart Health

Oct 13, 2015
Music’s effect on heart activity, blood pressure and breathing bodes well for health.

A Healthy Lifestyle in Midlife Makes for Healthier Golden Years

Oct 13, 2015

The benefits of healthy choices carry long into older adulthood.

Enter the "I am CardioSmart" Contest

Oct 05, 2015

Tell us how you are living well with heart disease for a chance to win a trip for two to Chicago in April 2016!

Longer, But Not Necessarily Healthier, Lives

Sep 25, 2015
While life expectancy continues to rise, heart disease becomes the leading cause of disability around the world.

Diabetes Remains a Major Health Concern in the U.S.

Sep 23, 2015

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or are at risk for developing this disease.

Deep Belly Fat Increases Cardiovascular Risk

Sep 18, 2015
Study finds that both volume and type of belly fat have an impact on heart health.

Age and Gender Differences in Heart Disease Mortality Rates

Sep 17, 2015
Despite recent drops in cardiovascular mortality rates, death toll among young adults remains high.

Economic and Social Forces Have Big Impact on Heart Health

Aug 21, 2015
The American Heart Association has issued a scientific statement addressing social factors that influence risk for heart disease.

Chocolate Protects Against Heart Disease and Stroke

Jul 01, 2015
Moderate chocolate consumption helps, not harms, cardiovascular health.

Action, Not Advice, Helps Smokers Quit

Jun 25, 2015
Creating a quit plan and providing tools for ongoing support is more effective than education alone in helping smokers quit.

Cash Incentives Help Smokers Quit

Jun 03, 2015
Rewards-based programs are much more appealing than deposit-based programs, which require smokers to risk their own money.