Diabetes affects many African Americans/Black persons. A recent study found that biological risk factors—including weight, fat around the abdomen, and other hereditary factors are largely responsible for high rates of diabetes among African Americans/Black people. (Citation)
Diabetes affects how your body uses glucose or blood sugar. Glucose is essential to our health because it's an important source of energy for the cells that make up our muscles and tissues. Prediabetes occurs when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with prediabetes may have no symptoms, but they’re at risk for eventually developing Type 2 diabetes. Having Type 2 diabetes also puts you at higher risk for heart disease and stroke. Making positive lifestyle changes (losing weight, eating a diet high in fiber, and regular exercise) can help minimize known risk factors, and help reduce the possibility of developing diabetes.
Screening for prediabetes is an important way to care for the health of you and your family.