Diabetes is a life-long disease that affects the way your body handles glucose, a kind of sugar, in your blood. Your body changes most of the food you eat into glucose, which your body uses for energy. Your blood takes the glucose to the cells throughout your body. Your blood always has some glucose in it. But too much glucose in the blood is not good for your health. Diabetes means that your blood glucose (sugar) is too high. The glucose from food needs insulin to get into the body’s cells. Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas, an organ near the stomach. The pancreas releases insulin into the blood. If your body does not make enough insulin or the insulin does not work right, the glucose can’t get into the cells, so it stays in the blood. This makes your blood glucose level high, causing you to have diabetes. (Source: Florida Department of Health)

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.  For resources related to diabetes management or to find out more information, you can Dial 211.

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What is Prediabetes?

Prediabetes means your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.

Prediabetes is a serious health condition that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Eighty-four million American adults have prediabetes. Nine out of ten people with prediabetes don’t know they have it.

If you have prediabetes, you are 5 to15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people with normal blood glucose (blood sugar) levels.

The vast majority of people with prediabetes do not know they have the condition.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 of every 3 U.S. adults has prediabetes and half of all Americans age 65 years and older have prediabetes.

Learn more about prediabetes at floridahealth.gov