What is prediabetes?


When someone has prediabetes, their blood glucose levels are higher than normal. But they are not high enough for the condition to be classed as diabetes.

Prediabetes can be described as a disorder of energy utilisation and storage. When diagnosed, factors including abdominal obesity, elevated blood pressure and elevated fasting plasma glucose are present.


Prediabetes can develop slowly and without any obvious warning signs or symptoms. This means that some people are not aware that they have it.

Risk factors

There are a number of risk factors to take into account when it comes to prediabetes. They include being overweight or obese and having high blood pressure and low HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) or high triglycerides. Being over the age of 40 or having given birth to a baby weighing over 9 pounds are other further factors. For more information visit