"It's important to recognize those individuals so that they can intervene early" (1:34)
William Bornstein, MD, explains how lifestyle changes and medication can help prevent prediabetes from becoming diabetes.
Prediabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels are too high, but not quite high enough to be considered diabetes. If you have prediabetes you have a higher risk of stroke or heart attack than those without prediabetes. However, you can reduce your chances of developing diabetes by losing weight, exercising or taking the oral medication metformin, says William Bornstein, MD, an endocrinologist at Emory Clinic in Atlanta.