80 million adults in the United States have prediabetes and don't even know it.
Prediabetes is a milepost on the way to diabetes. The usual way prediabetes is explained is that "it's when blood sugar is too high to be considered normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes".
Let me explain prediabetes a little differently: Prediabetes happens because of excess. EXCESS calories, excess sugar, excess weight, excess sitting ...
It isn't a quick process. You aren't fine one day, and prediabetic (or diabetic) the next. Many years of excess (daily sodas? late night snacking? too many burgers or pizzas?) cause fat to accumulate in your liver and pancreas. Guess what the liver and pancreas do? Among other things - regulate your blood sugar. Guess what keeps them from doing their jobs? Fat building up where it isn't supposed to be. Too much of a good thing is turning our internal organs into fat-filled piñatas until they can't do their jobs anymore and blood sugar starts to go up.
Prediabetes is sneaky. Often, you won't have any symptoms. Remember - 80 million Americans have prediabetes and don't even know that they have it.
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