- Reviewed by Toni Golen, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Women's Health Watch; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing; Contributor
Diabetes gets a lot of attention these days, and for good reason: it can lead to serious health complications such as heart attack, kidney failure, amputation, blindness, and early death. But its precursor, aptly named prediabetes, doesn't get nearly as much airtime, despite affecting three times as many people.
One in three American adults — an estimated 96 million people — has prediabetes, which is characterized by blood sugar levels that are higher than the normal range but don't quite reach diabetes status. But the vast majority of people don't know when they have it. And this is where the danger — and opportunity — lie, Harvard experts say.
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About the Author
Maureen Salamon, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch
About the Reviewer
Toni Golen, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Women's Health Watch; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing; Contributor
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