An elevated fasting blood glucose (FBG) is the hallmark of prediabetes. Fasting blood glucose increases approximately 1 mg/dl per year in a patient with prediabetes. If your fasting blood glucose is 100, it can take up to 26 years to develop diabetes. Diabetes can occur much sooner with weight gain, change in physical activity, illness, or stress. Weight loss and lifestyle can delay diabetes for up to 15 years or longer, and this session will cover how to help your patients achieve these outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize that FBG increases approximately 1 mg/dl per year in prediabetes
  • Recognize that weight loss and lifestyle changes are important to delay type 2 diabetes, and they reduce metabolic risks associated with NASH and CV diseases
  • Implement in your clinical practice that for some patients targeting FBG goals (FBG <100) may be used in place of weight loss to help prevent the development of diabetes
  • Talk about weight loss at each clinic visit when appropriate
  • Describe how diet may be more successful when more than one family member is involved