Prediabetes is characterized by elevated blood sugar that’s not high enough to represent type 2 diabetes. But it does mean you’re more likely than the average person to progress to full-blown diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) says risk factors for prediabetes include:
- A history of diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)
- A family history of diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Advancing age
- Being overweight or obese
- Unhealthy diet
Progression to full-blown diabetes isn’t inevitable, the ADA says, suggesting you can lessen your risk by exercising regularly, quitting smoking and losing any extra weight.