Diabetes is a life-long disease that affects the way your body handles glucose, which is a kind of sugar, in your 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.
In Maryland, 10.2% or 467,041 adults have diabetes. Among those without diabetes, 10.5%, or 408,157 adults have been told they have prediabetes. According to the CDC, 9 of 10 people don’t know they have prediabetes.