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Prediabetes - What Happens

Prediabetes is a warning sign that you are at risk for getting type 2 diabetes.

When you have prediabetes, you're also at higher risk for eye, nerve, kidney and heart disease, and for stroke. For more information on these complications, see the topic Type 2 Diabetes.


One Man's Story:

Jerry, 54

When he first found out he had prediabetes, Jerry felt angry and frustrated. His doctor told him to lose weight and get more exercise, or else run the risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

"I thought, 'What's the point? I might still get diabetes.' I felt like I was stuck either way. But it turns out there's a lot you can do."—Jerry

Read more about Jerry.

You can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and related health problems by making healthy lifestyle changes, such as:

  • Watching your weight.
  • Making healthy food choices.
  • Being active.

For more information, see Prevention.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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