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1 in 3 MA adults have prediabetes, but only 7% know they have it. Find out if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes by taking the online quiz! Or, print the test now.
About 1 in every 3 adult Americans has prediabetes. For those over 65, 1 in every 2 has prediabetes. In Massachusetts, there may be as many as 1.8 million adults who have prediabetes.
Prediabetes happens when blood sugar (glucose) levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diabetes. People with prediabetes are much more likely to develop diabetes than people with normal blood sugar levels. A simple blood test can determine your blood sugar levels.
Certain behaviors or characteristics can increase your chance of developing diabetes or prediabetes. We call these risk factors. Some risk factors you can change and some you cannot. Here are some common risk factors for prediabetes:
Learn more on the things you can change from the American Diabetes Association.
Learn more about the things you can’t change from the American Diabetes Association.
Without lifestyle changes to improve their health, 15-30% of people with prediabetes will develop type-2 diabetes within five years.
Research studies have shown that making small changes in your lifestyle can reduce your risk of diabetes. These changes are:
People with prediabetes who completed a program to help make these changes were 58% less likely to develop diabetes three years later than people who did not. Learn more about the Diabetes Prevention Program in Massachusetts and if it might be right for you.
Diet and exercise can greatly reduce your risk for developing diabetes. Check out these tips for healthy eating and active living: