Diabetes is a life-long disease which affects the way the body handles glucose, which is a kind of sugar, in the blood. There are several types of diabetes, the most common being type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.
Prediabetes is a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diabetes.
Diabetes and prediabetes are serious conditions that can lead to complications including heart disease and stroke, vision loss, amputations, and kidney disease.
According to the 2019 Maryland Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, In Maryland, 10.2% or 467,041 adults have diabetes. According to the CDC, approximately 38% of adults have prediabetes, which equates to approximately 1.8 million adults in Maryland.