When you have diabetes, sugar builds up in your bloodstream. Your body has trouble producing insulin, which is what helps regulate the amount of sugar in your blood.
When the sugar builds up, it can cause major health problems, from heart and kidney disease to blindness.
One out of three American adults has prediabetes, and most of them don’t even realize they are at a higher risk of becoming diabetic.
Some risk factors for prediabetes include:
- Being age 45 or older
- Being overweight
- Having a family history of type 2 diabetes
- Being physically active fewer than 3 times per week
- A history of gestational diabetes or having given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds