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Quarter of US adults have prediabetes yet few are aware of it

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Posted on Nov 10, 2008, 8 a.m. By Rich Hurd

New data released by the CDC has revealed that although a quarter of the adult population of the United States have prediabetes, just 4% are aware that they have the condition.

New data released by the CDC has revealed that although a quarter of the adult population of the United States have prediabetes, just 4% are aware that they have the condition.
 
Researchers believe that 26% of US adults have prediabetes, yet result of this study revealed that just 4% of participants reported having the condition. The study also showed that prevalence of prediabetes was greater in older people, overweight and obese people, and women.

People with prediabetes are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, however lifestyle changes can help to reduce the risk or delay development of diabetes and its complications. Of the 4% who said that they had prediabetes, 68% had tried to lose or control weight, 55% had increased physical activity or exercise, 60% had reduced fat or calories in their diet, and 42% had made all three lifestyle changes within the last 12-months.

Self-Reported Prediabetes and Risk-Reduction Activities - United States, 2006. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2008:57:1203-1205.

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