Pre-diabetes is when your blood glucose level is higher than normal – but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
Two million Australians are believed to have pre-diabetes.
Left untreated they may develop type 2 diabetes in 5 to 10 years.
Pre-diabetes is caused by insulin resistance, when the body’s insulin is not working effectively.
Pre-diabetes increases the incidence of cardiovascular disease, which can lead to heart attack and stroke.
Pre-diabetes is also known as Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT) and Impaired Fasting Glucose (IFG).
Pre-diabetes progressing to type 2 diabetes can be prevented by regular exercise and healthy eating.