People with prediabetes – blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not high enough to diagnose diabetes – are at increased risk for heart and kidney problems, finds a study conducted by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Emory Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta.
The researchers analyzed data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys done between 1988-2014 and compared heart and kidney disease risk in people with prediabetes, diagnosed diabetes, undiagnosed diabetes, and those with normal blood sugar levels. They discovered a higher risk for cardiovascular conditions and kidney disease in people with prediabetes compared to those with normal glucose levels.
Prediabetes has been linked to an elevated risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart attack. Results of this study were published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.