These 9 things may increase your risk of pre-diabetes

These 9 things may increase your risk of pre-diabetes

Pre-diabetes is a health condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal.

Although not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the condition is quite harmful.

People with pre-diabetes have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Previous research has shown that genetic or lifestyle risk factors can contribute to the development of pre-diabetes.

According to researchers from NIH, there are nine big risk factors:

Being overweight or obese;

Age 45 and older;

Having a parent or a sibling with diabetes;

Having African American, Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander American ethnicity;

Having a sedentary lifestyle;

Having high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol levels;

Having a history of gestational diabetes;

Having a history of heart disease or stroke;

Having polycystic ovary syndrome, also called PCOS.

In addition, people who have metabolic syndrome, a combo of high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and central obesity have a higher risk of pre-diabetes.

Recent research also has shown that certain drugs, such as glucocorticoids, some antipsychotics, some medicines for HIV, and some drugs for sleep problems may increase pre-diabetes risk.

To prevent pre-diabetes, people need to change their lifestyle habits. They need to have a healthy diet, regular exercise, and a healthy body weight.

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