Prediabetes is the condition when the blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be considered diabetes. Almost always, people with Type 2 Diabetes have developed prediabetes in the past.
Having prediabetes doesn’t mean that you will develop Type 2 Diabetes; however, if not treated, the risk of developing the disease can be very high.
According to Diabetes.org, the symptoms of prediabetes are not always clear. Some people may show problems associated with diabetes, while others may show no symptoms at all.
Some of the common symptoms for prediabetes are:
- Fatigue: A result of not meeting the body’s energy requirements.
- Frequent urination and increased thirst: When the body has excess glucose levels, the kidneys are not able to reabsorb all the glucose and return it to the bloodstream. As a result, the excess glucose exits the body through the urine where its presence draws additional water from the blood. Consequently, this results in a need for more water.
- Numbness and tingling of the feet and hands: Prediabetes may lead to the development of neuropathy, even without having Type 2 Diabetes.
It is important to remember that having one or more symptoms doesn’t mean that you have prediabetes, but you may want to get checked by a healthcare professional. Through a blood test, they will be able to determine if your blood glucose levels are higher than normal.
Prediabetes is not diabetes and if treated early you may be able to bring back your blood glucose levels to a normal range. Losing weight, eating healthier and exercising at least 30 minutes per day are some things that you can start doing today to maintain or bring your blood glucose levels down to a healthy range.
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