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(wbaltv) Prediabetes is a condition where your blood sugar level is higher than normal, but not high enough to be Type 2 diabetes.

Experts say if you are prediabetic, what you do now can make a l l the difference in delaying or even preventing Type 2 diabetes.

About 35 percent of American adults h a v e prediabetes, and most of them don’t even know it, which has many doctors concerned.

“The pancreas is working very hard to make e x t r a insulin and it can progress to type two diabetes within the next 10 years,” said Dr. Amber Champion with Mercy Medical Center.

Champion said blood tests are the way to detect the condition because there are usually no symptoms for prediabetes, but there are definite risk factors.

“Being overweight, family history of Type 2 diabetes, sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy diet, as w e l l as gestational diabetes (are all symptoms of prediabetes),” Champion said.

Mercy Medical Center dietitian Leigh Tracy said even if you are at r i s k for prediabetes, you can do something to lower the risk, beginning with your diet.

“Eat on a salad plate, that helps to cut the portions automatically without changing the food,” Tracy said. “Then try to change the food up, try to make half your plate vegetables; non starchy vegetables full of f i b e r and then have some l e a n protein and whole grains.”

In addition to eating right, exercising 30 minutes a day and losing 5 to 10 percent of your body weight are lifestyle changes Champion said have a proven record of success.

“Some really good studies done both through the CDC as well as a Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study show that lifestyle change is better than any drug on the market for preventing progressions of T y p e 2 diabetes,” Champion said.

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