You must be familiar with the term diabetes. However, is there a condition in which your blood sugars are high but you are not diagnosed as a diabetic yet? Yes, this condition can happen and is known as prediabetes.
What is prediabetes? Do people with prediabetes have the same symptoms as those with diabetes? Are they at a greater risk for heart disease and stroke? Let’s understand the condition in detail and answer these questions.Contents:
Prediabetes is a condition where your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not enough to qualify as diabetes. Generally, a blood glucose level between 100 to 125 mg/dL on the fasting blood sugar test is regarded as the prediabetic range. Prediabetes increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 50%. It is a stage that precedes diabetes. Most people who are prediabetic may not know about it as it rarely causes any symptoms. Prediabetes also puts you at a risk of heart diseases and stroke.
The good news is that prediabetes is reversible. Adopting a healthy lifestyle can help you maintain normal blood sugar levels. Staying physically active and having a balanced nutritious diet can help bring your sugar levels back to normal. Let’s take a deeper look at prediabetes.
Prediabetes usually does not show any symptoms, until the condition has progressed to diabetes. Some individuals with prediabetes may show symptoms such as a darkening of skin in the armpit, elbows, knees, back, and/or sides of the neck. This condition is known as acanthosis nigricans.
The following symptoms may indicate that prediabetes has progressed to diabetes, and warrant immediate medical attention:
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