Prediabetes

Good health is awareness.

What is prediabetes? What’s an A1c of 5.7 or higher mean? Learn more — and about how lifestyle changes can make a difference to your health.

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What is prediabetes?

Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have prediabetes. This means their blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

Watch as Alma learns she has prediabetes.

Learn more about causes, treatments, and prevention.

Am I at risk for prediabetes?

Making lifestyle changes can reduce your risks of prediabetes.

Risk factors include:

  • Being overweight
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Family history

Learn more about additional risk factors and what you can do to reduce your risk.

Pre-Diabetes Learning Module

Prediabetes: steps you can take now

Learn about prediabetes, who’s at risk, healthful steps, and much more. You can even take a quiz about healthy eating!

View this recording now.

How can I prevent or delay diabetes?

Which treatment should you use to prevent type 2 diabetes? Use this decision-making tool to consider your options. 

Steps to try:

Are there programs that could help?

There are several offerings that can help you prevent diabetes:

Do I have to worry about symptoms?

Most people with prediabetes don’t have any symptoms. But if you have prediabetes, you need to watch for signs of diabetes, such as:

  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Urinating more often than usual
  • Feeling very hungry
  • Having blurred vision

Get information about diagnosing diabetes and testing.

Prediabetes

How To Eat Better Video

Form healthy habits to prevent prediabetes and diabetes

See how taking small steps, creating reminders, and congratulating yourself can help lead you toward a healthier life. B.J. Fogg, a renowned Stanford University behavior change researcher, shows you how to form healthy habits including eating better and exercising more in 3 short videos.

Watch the video now.

Your total health

Remember, your well-being is affected by both your mind and your body. It’s important to take good care of each to have complete health.

Learn how to care for the whole you.

You also can find more health and wellness info with podcasts and videos at kp.org/mydoctor/healthtalks, and with free live and recorded webinars at kpwebinar.org.

Talk to a Health Coach about your options

Sometimes, we all need a little help as we’re working towards a goal. As you work to stay healthy and prevent diabetes, a health coach can help you explore your options, reach your goals, and keep you on track.

Learn more about Kaiser Permanente’s health coaching sessions.