Two million Australians are believed to have pre-diabetes. If left untreated, it may develop into type 2 diabetes in 5 to 10 years.

Pre-diabetes is a condition that occurs when your blood glucose level is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

It 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. 

Risk factors for pre-diabetes

Risk factors for pre-diabetes are similar to those for type 2 diabetes and include:

  • Being overweight – especially those who have excess weight around the waistline (that is more than 94cm for men and more than 80cm for women).
  • Being physically inactive.
  • Having high blood pressure.
  • Having high blood lipids (high triglycerides and/or high total cholesterol) or low good cholesterol (HDL-C).
  • Having a family history or type 2 diabetes and/or heart disease.

Other people at risk include:

  • Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
  • Women who have had diabetes in pregnancy (gestational diabetes) or given birth to a big baby (more than 4.5kg).
  • Those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background.
  • Those from certain ethnic backgrounds such as the Pacific Islands, Asia and the Indian sub-continent.

Just diagnosed with pre-diabetes?

Check out our AUS2PREVENT research trial

Not interested in the AUS2PREVENT research trial but need support?

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