From Dr. Mercola:
According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one out of three Americans aged 20 and older has prediabetes, a condition in which your glucose, or blood sugar, levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as full-blown diabetes.1
For those with prediabetes (86 million Americans in all), 15 percent to 30 percent will go on to develop type 2 diabetes within five years, if no lifestyle changes are made, again according to CDC data.
These numbers are already dismal, but new data from a large study out of The Netherlands predicts the problem is only going to get worse.
Nearly Half of Adults May Develop Prediabetes
After tracking and analyzing data from about 10,000 adults for a period of 15 years, researchers found that nearly half of 45-year-olds will develop prediabetes, also known as impaired glucose metabolism, at some point during their lifetime.
Further, three-quarters of those with elevated blood sugar levels at age 45 will go on to develop full-blown diabetes, according to the study.2
While previous studies have looked into population risks of pre-diabetes, this study is among the first to consider a person’s lifetime risk of developing this condition – which is remarkably high. If you’re wondering what blood sugar levels are considered healthy:3
6 millimoles/per liter (108 milligrams per deciliter) or less are considered normal or healthy 6mmol/L and below 7mmol/L (108 to 128 mg/dl) are considered elevated or prediabetic 7mmol/L or greater are diagnosed as diabetes
The silver lining to this finding is that prediabetes can typically be cured by altering your lifestyle; a diagnosis does not mean you’re destined to develop type 2 diabetes. So if you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes, consider yourself lucky.
You have received a warning that many people don’t get (and instead progress straight to type 2 diabetes). Now you can take steps to reverse the condition and reclaim your health. In an accompanying editorial, researchers noted:4
“The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is increasing worldwide, and the prevalence of the at-risk state for the disease (often termed prediabetes) is even higher.
There is good evidence that intensive lifestyle prevention programs can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in those at high risk.”
People with Prediabetes Have an Increased Risk of Cancer
Type 2 diabetes isn’t the only disease associated with prediabetes. A meta-analysis that included data from nearly 900,000 people found that those with prediabetes have a 15 percent higher risk of cancer, especially cancers of the liver, stomach, pancreas, breast, and endometrium.5
Excess body fat, which is known to increase both cancer and type 2 diabetes risks, is often pinpointed as the reason why people with diabetes have an increased risk of cancer, but this is only part of the equation.
In fact, the association between prediabetes and cancer remained even after the researchers controlled for body mass index (BMI).
If you have prediabetes, which is conventionally