Diabetes is no longer a disease of your grandmothers, as this story featured in the Miami Herald points out. Our children are becoming sedentary and in many cases succumbing to the perils of fast food. Parents need to be aware that diabetes can strike at any age and screening for diabetes or "pre-diabetes" is of paramount importance.

Pre-diabetes is diagnosed very often from an A1C test and sometimes followed by a glucose tolerance test which tells how well your body responds to a concentrated glucose load.

If you have a diagnosis of "prediabetes," it may not feel like it, but you have received a great gift.

Being diagnosed with prediabetes is akin to knowing beforehand that something bad is brewing in your system and, more importantly, knowing that you can do something to possibly stop it or keep it away as long as possible.

The treatment for prediabetes is very similar to the treatment plan of living with the disease in that you need to adopt the healthiest possible lifestyle. Here are some tips:

• If you smoke, you need to stop.

• Consult with a dietician for a healthy eating plan.

• Get plenty of regular exercise if you are able.

• Take any medication you may be given to help your blood sugar stay down.

• Keep up with your blood work to monitor your progress. Home blood glucose testing is something to consider as you discuss your treatment plan with your healthcare team.

A diagnosis of prediabetes is something to pay attention to. Lifestyle changes should begin immediately, and medication may be started depending on the resulting A1C.

To learn more about prediabetes:

Prediabetes Basics
Stopping Diabetes in it Tracks: Managing Prediabetes
Risk Factors for Prediabetes