Prediabetes a strong risk factor for heart disease

February 13, 2023  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

If you have high blood sugar, your risk for conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cardiac disease and kidney disease is well known.

What if your blood sugar level is higher than normal, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis? Studies have found that this in-between zone, called prediabetes, is dangerous, too.

A strong risk factor

According to a 2022 Endocrine Society study, prediabetes is a “strong, independent risk factor” for heart disease. Researchers think, even though blood sugar is not high enough to be considered diabetes, it still causes inflammation and damage in the blood vessels. In the study, having prediabetes increased the risk of heart attack by 25 percent.

Why is this a big deal? One in three U.S. adults has prediabetes. Even more concerning is that, of the approximately 96 million Americans who have it, most are unaware.

A 60-second answer

As you take stock of your heart health this month, factor in your risk for prediabetes. One minute and the “puppies with a purpose” video below can get you started.

If the quiz identifies prediabetes in you, today’s the day to act. U-M’s Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPPs) can help chart your course toward better health.

Reverse your risk

The DPPs are offered as value-added benefits of U-M’s Health Plans, so there’s no charge for participating. Facilitated by Omada Health and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM), the programs feature the following:

  • Education about dietary, lifestyle and other small, sustainable changes to decrease risk factors
  • Interaction with others who have similar goals and challenges
  • Online and in-person components. The Omada program is completely online. The NKFM program is primarily in person, but also offers online features.
  • Success coaches to support participants, answer questions and cheer their progress

For more information

View the Diabetes Prevention Program website for details.

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