What is Pre-Diabetes?

An explanation by Robert Tanenberg, MD, FACP

| Aug 1, 2004

Pre-diabetes is a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but are not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.

In pre-diabetes, fasting glucose values are between 100 and 125 mg/dl (impaired fasting glucose, or IFG) and/or two-hour glucose values after an oral glucose tolerance test are between 140 and 199 mg/dl (impaired glucose tolerance, or IGT).

People are considered to have pre-diabetes when they have either IFG or IGT or both. People with pre-diabetes are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes and for heart disease and stroke.

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