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Alternate Names : Impaired Glucose Tolerance, Impaired Fasting Glucose, IGT, IFG

Pre-Diabetes | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

A person at risk for pre-diabetes can delay, and possibly even prevent, the onset of illness simply by making the following changes:

  • modest exercise
  • losing weight, if overweight
  • In fact, a person can cut the risk for type 2 diabetes in half simply by walking 30 minutes a day and reducing his or her weight by about 5 to 10 percent. Healthy eating and exercise can provide huge benefits.

    What are the long-term effects of the condition?

    Most people who have pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years. Also, the person has 1.5 times the risk of heart disease. This includes high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack.

    What are the risks to others?

    Diabetes and pre-diabetes are not catching, so there are no risks to others. However, there is a link between heredity and diabetes. So it is possible for a child to inherit the risk for diabetes from a parent.

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    Pre-Diabetes: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Kathleen A. MacNaughton, RN, BSN
    Reviewer: Melinda Murray Ratini, DO
    Date Reviewed: 06/21/02

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