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6 percent in New Hampshire told they have prediabetes

CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire health officials say about 6 percent of New Hampshire adults report being told they have prediabetes, but many aren't aware they have it.

Prediabetes is defined as having a blood sugar level that is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes, which can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease and stroke. The state Department of Health and Human Services recently analyzed data from an annual telephone survey and found that nearly 60,000 adults in the state had been told they have prediabetes.

The condition is twice as common in overweight adults and more common in older adults. The prevalence of prediabetes is also higher among minorities, low-income residents and those who reported more days of poor mental health.

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