The problem of prediabetes
Author(s): Saptak Sammader

The problem of ‘prediabetes’. This edition of AJDM contains a very interesting article by Dr. T Jaja and colleagues from Nigeria, concerning the problem of ‘prediabetes’ in secondary school students. They found that impaired fasting glycaemia (IFG) occurred in 17%. Of these, a subgroup underwent oral glucose tolerance testing, and 15% had impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). These prediabetic states were, as perhaps expected, associated with obesity and a family history of diabetes. What is prediabetes and what is its significance? It is generally thought that the term includes patients with IFG and/ or IGT, and that it carries a high risk of progression to type 2 diabetes, and may also be an independent vascular risk factor.


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