My fasting glucose level came back as 117 and 113 and my doctor told me not to worry about prediabetes. Is this right?
Prediabetes is a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal but are not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Having prediabetes puts you at a higher risk for developing full-blown diabetes but research has shown that lifestyle changes can help prevent or delay it. Weightloss achieved through healthier eating and physical activity are key strategies for prevention.
According to the American Diabetes Association’s most current recommendations, there are three types of tests that a doctor can use to diagnose prediabetes. These tests include fasting plasma glucose (FPG), the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), and the A1C test. For each test, there are different cut-off points to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes. You may want to access our guidelines and follow up with your doctor about which test you were given and what your results mean.
An overview of the tests and numbers needed for diagnosis of prediabetes is shown below.
A1C (or estimated average blood glucose over the last 3 months)
- <5.7% - Normal
- 5.7%-6.4% - Prediabetes
- ≥6.5% - Diabetes
Fasting Blood Glucose (a test preceded by a fasting period of 8 hours)
- ≤100 - Normal
- 100-125 mg/dl - Prediabetes
- ≥126 mg/dl - Diabetes
Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (a test of your blood glucose level 2 hours after consuming 75 grams of glucose)
- 140-199 mg/dl - Prediabetes
- ≥200 mg/dl - Diabetes
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