How concerned should you be about a diagnosis of “pre-diabetes?” Research estimated the likelihood of older adults converting from prediabetes to diabetes over a 6 ½ year study…. as very low. More than 90% of older adults will NOT progress to diabetes. They routinely stayed at the same hemoglobin A1c level or it even normalized. In fact, if you are in your mid-70s without a diagnosis of diabetes, the chance that you will convert is low.
Certainly, cleaning up your diet (stop drinking sugar-sweetened beverages and eating fried foods) and exercising regularly are good for everyone… at every age.