Why a conference on prediabetes and mental health?

Prediabetes is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, which is a growing public health concern.

Prediabetes occurs when blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but do not reach the threshold for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Though re-attaining normal glucose levels is possible, prediabetes will progress to type 2 diabetes for many people.

A better understanding of the risk factors for the progression from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes is needed in order to prevent this disease.

Breaking research suggests that mental health plays an important role in the transition from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes; however, this is a very new field of research. Little is known about the links between prediabetes, mental health, and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The goals of the conference are to inform and link together researchers, clinicians, stake holders, and policy makers interested in mental health and prediabetes.


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