Experts believe the number of people living with diabetes will rise dramatically over the next 40 years.

If current trends continue, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as one in three adults could have the disease by 2050.

And about 79 million American adults now have prediabetes, a condition marked by above-normal blood sugar levels that aren’t high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.

If there’s a silver lining to these alarming statistics, it’s that there’s plenty you can do to prevent the disease or slow the progression, including eating a balanced diet.

Everyone can benefit from a healthy eating plan aimed at containing prediabetes, regardless of whether you’re at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, says Barbara Borcik, RD, a certified diabetes eductor at the Diabetes & Nutrition Center at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown, Md.

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