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As the name suggests, prediabetes, goes before diabetes and is precursor to the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Approximately 84 million American adults—more than 1 out of 3—have prediabetes. Of those with prediabetes, 90% don’t know they have it.

What causes prediabetes?

The underlying issue that causes prediabetes and eventually type 2 diabetes is called insulin resistance.

How do I know if I have prediabetes?

You can answer a few prediabetes questions and find out if you might have prediabets.

What are the warning signs of prediabetes?

Some people might have the sugar rush and crash that happens after eating a starchy meal, may have central or upper body weight gain, have signs of insulin resistance such as acanthosis nigricans etc.

Others may not have any symptoms except slight increase in blood sugars to just above 100 but in the diabetic range.

What glucose level is prediabetes?

The blood sugar normally should be 126 mg/dl fasting. A fasting blood sugar of between 100-125 is considered prediabetic range.

What should you eat if you are prediabetic?

Can you reverse pre diabetes with diet?

Yes, prediabetes and even early type 2 diabetes is a reversible process with proper diet and exercise under the supervision of a trained obesity medicine physician.

Can you have prediabetes but not know that you have it?

Yes, up to 90% of the people with prediabetes often do not know that they have it.

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How common is prediabetes?

Prediabetes is very common and affects up to a quarter to a third of the entire adult population of the United States.

More than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to a new report by CDC released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report finds that as of 2015, 30.3 million Americans – 9.4 percent of the U.S. population –have diabetes. Another 84.1 million have prediabetes, a condition that if not treated often leads to type 2 diabetes within five years.

How does prediabetes relate to metabolic syndrome?

Prediabetes refers to the blood sugars in the prediabetic range of between 100 mg / dl to 125 mg / dl. However, there are other things that often go along with prediabetes such as central obesity with large waist, increase

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Does prediabetes mean that I am at increased risk of diabetes?

Yes. Prediabetes puts you at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The good news is that if you have prediabetes, W8MD can help you make lifestyle changes to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems.

What leads to Prediabetes?

Insulin is a hormone made by your pancreas that acts like a key to let blood sugar into cells for use as energy. If you have prediabetes, the cells in your body don’t respond normally to insulin. Your pancreas makes more insulin to try to get cells to respond. Eventually your pancreas can’t keep up, and your blood sugar rises, setting the stage for prediabetes—and type 2 diabetes down the road.

What are the risk factors for prediabetes?

Being overweight Being 45 years or older Having a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes Being physically active less than 3 times a week Ever having gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or giving birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds Having polycystic ovary syndrome.

Does race and ethnicity play a role in the risk of prediabetes?

Race and ethnicity are also a factor: African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, Pacific Islanders, and some Asian Americans are at higher risk. Simple Blood Sugar Test You can get a simple blood sugar test to find out if you have prediabetes.

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How do you prevent prediabetes and type 2 diabetes?

If you have prediabetes, losing a small amount of weight if you’re overweight and getting regular physical activity can lower your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. A small amount of weight loss means around 5% to 7% of your body weight, just 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person.

Can exercise help reduce the risk of prediabetes and diabetes?

Yes. Regular physical activity means getting at least 150 minutes a week of brisk walking or a similar activity. That’s just 30 minutes a day, five days a week.

Did the USDA’s failed and now withdrawn food pyramid lead to increased risk of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Yes. By it’s wrong focus on low fat diet, USDA’s food pyramid promoted carbs in the form of grains especially whole grains which are still very starchy leading to increased insulin levels which then lead to increased portions and weight gain. Understand how insulin resistance leads to weight gain, increased sugar cravings, and drives the eating habits – not the other way around.

How can W8MD weight loss program help?


  • Pronounced WeightMD, our state of the art W8MD physician medical weight loss, sleep, holistic and aesthetic medicine programs can help you not only to lose weight, and sleep better but also look your best!
  • Since its inception in 2011, W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss program has successfully helped thousands of patients.
  • Our physician weight loss program is unique in many ways with a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to weight loss. The center’s team of practitioners are among the most qualified, dedicated and hospitable professionals in the industry.
Prab R. Tumpati, MD. Dr. Tumpati is the founder and medical director of W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep and MedSpa Centers. Dr Tumpati is board certified physician practicing sleep medicine, obesity medicine, aesthetic medicine and internal medicine. Dr. Tumpati’s passion is to educate patients and get to the root of the problem rather than "band aid medicine". As a physician with fellowship training in Obesity Medicine, Dr. Tumpati has a unique approach to wellness, weight loss, and medical aesthetics with a focus on prevention rather than cure. Dr. Tumpati takes pride in helping patients come of many chronic life style medications such as blood pressure, cholesterol or diabetes medications by helping them lose weight and change their life style. Dr Tumpati believes in evidence based medicine rather than fad diets that do not work and works with each patient taking their unique situation in to consideration that causes them to gain weight so he can find a customized solution. Serving as the medical director of the W8MD's New York City, Cherry Hill NJ and greater Philadelphia offices, Dr Tumpati is the leading weight loss, sleep and aesthetic medicine physician in the tristate areas of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.


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