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Pre-Diabetes: A Consumer-Friendly Name for Impaired Glucose States

KEY POINT

“Pre-diabetes” is a new term that professionals can use to describe for patients conditions such as impaired fasting glucose (IFG) and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) are introducing the name in an effort to increase professional and public awareness of the need to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes and to emphasize the detrimental cardiovascular changes that begin at plasma glucose levels above 110 mg/dL.

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