It’s the first step towards Diabetes – America’s stealthy killer. It’s dangerous and is defined by a fasting blood sugar level between 100 and 125. A study by BMJ found that people with prediabetes also have an increased chance for heart attack and stroke. Go to doihaveprediabetes.org to asses your risk, and consider these warning signs.
A Sedentary Lifestyle
Physical activity is a key predictor of diabetes. If you are lacking an active lifestyle, try exercising just 30 minutes a day. Researchers at the University of Michigan say your odds of insulin resistance can drop by 13 percent.
A Sugary Drink Habit
The Journal of Nutrition conducted a study that found people who drank more than three a week had a 46 percent higher risk of prediabetes than those who abstained from sugary beverages. Chugging more sweets will make liver molecules that curb insulin function.
A Big Gut
Belly fat is negative for you metabolism. Divide your waist circumference by your height (inches), and if your results are higher than 0.5 you have an increased chance for diabetes, Korean research suggests.
A Family History of Diabetes
Between the age of 18 and 29? A study from Emory University suggests your odds of developing prediabetes in the next five year are 79 percent higher if you have a parent with diabetes.