Prediabetes

Did you know that more than 32 million Americans have diabetes, and 88 million have prediabetes. People who get type 2 diabetes started out with prediabetes. More than 80% of people with prediabetes do not know they have it. You can have prediabetes for years but have no clear symptoms. Prediabetes rate is higher among males and people who are overweight or obese.

The good news is prediabetes can be reversed. Find out if you are at risk and take control now! Take the Online Prediabetes Quiz.

Prediabetes by Age

  • 12 to 18 years old: 1 in 5 have it
  • 19 to 34 years: 1 in 4 have it
  • Adults: 1 out of 3 have it
  • Adults over age 65: 1 in 2 have it

What About Kansas?

Prediabetes Is Common

  • 2018 Kansas Diagnosed Prediabetes StatisticsIn 2018, 9.7% of Kansas adults reported ever being diagnosed with prediabetes; that is more than 187,000 Kansans
  • In 2017, 7.7% of live births were from moms who experienced gestational diabetes during pregnancy, which is more than 2,600 live births; both the mother and infant may be at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes later in life

Ignoring Prediabetes Is Serious

Do not let your prediabetes turn into a deadly diabetes. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in Kansas. It is linked to many serious health complications including:

  • Amputations
  • Blindness
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney failure
  • Neuropathy
  • Stroke

The five-year age-adjusted diabetes mortality rate (2013 to 2017):

  • 1.6 times higher among men as compared to women
  • Nearly twice as high among non-Hispanic African Americans as compared to non-Hispanic whites
  • Significantly lower in urban counties as compared to frontier, rural, densely-settled rural, and semi-urban counties
  • Having diabetes also increases the risk of all-cause mortality by nearly two-fold

Diabetes mortality rates were age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population. Contributing cause of death was used to calculate five-year mortality rates for diabetes.

Ignoring Prediabetes Is Costly

Do not let your prediabetes turn into costly diabetes. People with diagnosed diabetes, on average, have medical expenditures approximately 2.3 times higher than what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes. More than 5,000 hospital admissions, with a medial length of say of 3 days, were due to diabetes in Kansas in 2017.