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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Posted by Marie33 on 1 October 2011

My A1C level was 5.7 during a random check up. My Doctor checked it 6 mos later and it was 5.3. My doctor wants to check it again in 3 mos to see if I am "pre-diabetic". Up till now I never had this issue. My morning (fasting) BG for the last 8 days has been averaging between 81-93. According to your article and chart these numbers are "normal" readings and I am not considered pre-diabetic. I am a 55 yr old Female, in good health, good weight and exercise. I am concerned and confused. How can I know for sure if I am Pre-diabetic?

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