Just over a third of American adults have prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means their body does not respond normally to the hormone insulin.
Prediabetes hikes the risk of not only diabetes but also heart disease and stroke. Yet many people with prediabetes don’t know they have it, in part because it often has no obvious symptoms.
People younger than 45 who are overweight and have at least one other risk factor—such as high blood pressure or cholesterol, a family history of diabetes, or a sedentary lifestyle—should be screened, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other medical organizations. If results are normal, retest every three years; for borderline high (prediabetes), every one to two years.
Madison Free Clinic patients are eligible for no-cost diabetes testing and treatment, including help with prescription medications if necessary. Simply call us at 540-948-3667 to request an appointment.
Consumer Reports reveals the truth about prediabetes, which hikes the risk of not only diabetes but also heart disease and stroke. Yet many people with prediabetes don’t know they have it.