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Although not everyone with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes, many people will. Taking steps to manage your blood sugar can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. The key is a healthy lifestyle.

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What is Prediabetes

Prediabetes occurs when a person’s blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes. By making lifestyle modifications those with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes

Prediabetes is also called:

  • Borderline Diabetes
  • Impaired Fasting Glucose (IFG)
  • Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT)


You can have prediabetes for several years before Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed.

It is important to have your GP (general Practitioner) check your blood sugar if you have any of the following risk factors:

  • Being overweight
  • 45 years of age or older
  • Physically active less than 3 times a week
  • Family History of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Previous diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes

Prediabetes, What now?

Having prediabetes does not mean you will progress to having Type 2 diabetes. With intentional changes to your lifestyle, you can lower your risk of prediabetes progressing to Type 2 Diabetes. A small amount of weight loss, (5-7% of your body weight) and an increase of weekly physical activity is a great start. Aim for at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week- 5 x 30 minutes, daily even better!

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