Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have the diagnosis of Pre-diabetes.
Pre-diabetes is a term that is used to define people who are at increased risk of developing diabetes.
To qualify under this term the blood glucose levels must be higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes.
At last count there were 57 million people in the United States who have pre-diabetes.
Long term complications that occur in type 2 diabetes may already be occuring to the body during pre-diabetes.
The change to diabetes is not definite though.
Studies have shown that changes in diet, exercise and weight loss may prevent the onset of diabetes and return the blood glucose levels to normal.