The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reminds us of a pretty shocking fact about prediabetes. One in 3 Americans (about 86 million people) are prediabetic and 90 percent of those people don’t know they have it.

Prediabetes is the condition in which your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but are not high enough to be classified as diabetic. Prediabetes puts you at increased risk of developing heart disease and stroke. Prediabetes also puts you at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, which brings even greater health problems.

“You can have prediabetes for years but have no clear symptoms, so it often goes undetected until serious health problems show up,” says the CDC. “That’s why it’s important to talk to your doctor about getting your blood sugar tested if you have any of the risk factors for prediabetes.” Those risk factors include being overweight, being older than 45, and having a diabetic in the family, among others. The CDC suggests several ways through which you can reduce your risk of prediabetes here.

At Medics USA, we always urge patients to get a physical exam every year so that your provider can monitor your blood sugar levels and determine if you need diabetes prevention measures.