Nearly one in 4 adults over 25 years old has either diabetes or a condition known as pre-diabetes.
This is when the blood glucose levels are higher than normal - but not high enough to be diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes. Pre-diabetic is usually detected via an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test.
Common risk factors for Pre-diabetes are:
- being overweight - especially those who have excess weight around the waistline.
- being physically inactive
- having high 'bad cholesterol' levels
- having high blood pressure
- having a family history of type diabetes and/or heart disease.
Treatment is life-style change - getting active, eating healthier foods and losing weight.
Please see your doctor if you think you may have pre-diabetes.
If you'd like to know more about getting healthy our dietitians at Diabetes Meals Online offer a free Healthy Lifestyle Course.
For more information contact your State Diabetes Organisation on 1300 136 588