Prediabetes is an intermediate phase in the development of type 2 diabetes, where glucose concentrations are between normal levels and those that define clinical diabetes. This is a period in which interventions could be targeted for preventing progression to type 2 diabetes and therefore is an area of recent research interest.
The 2008/2009 Adult Nutrition survey found that 25.5% of the New Zealand population have prediabetes, and this figure is predicted to rise without suitable interventions. Preventing obesity, which is a major risk factor for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, is also an important preventive strategy.
- Hunger Training to prevent diabetes
- PIP: Prediabetes intervention package in primary care
- The prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes in New Zealand