Scientists say pre-diabetes labeling is "worthless"
Researchers say that there is no proven benefit to prescribing drugs to people diagnosed with what's described as "pre-diabetes." Many in who fall in this category, according to the study, do not go on to develop diabetes.
People in this category have no symptoms of poor health, but their blood sugar levels are at the high end of the normal range. About one in ten people with pre-diabetes will go on to develop type 2 diabetes each year.
Researchers say the term pre-diabetes has no clinical relevance, as there is no benefit to giving these people diabetes treatment drugs before they develop the condition.
But some organizations believe that being identified as having pre-diabetes, borderline diabetes or being at high risk allows people to make lifestyle changes to ensure they do not develop it.
The best way to prevent type 2 diabetes is to eat a healthy, balanced diet, low in salt, sugar and fat, and rich in fruit and vegetables, as well as getting regular exercise.