How to Determine if You Have Pre-Diabetes

Pre-DiabetesDiabetes can occur in people of all ages, gender and race but some groups of people have a higher chance of becoming diabetic, such as if your family has a history of diabetes. This means that you are also at an increased risk of developing pre-diabetes. There is a simple way of seeing if you have pre-diabetes by going to your doctor. They can determine whether or not you have it by doing one, two or all three of these tests: A1C test, fasting plasma glucose test and an oral glucose test. After you have had these tests, the doctors can determine whether or not you have a normal metabolism, pre-diabetes or diabetes. If you have abnormal levels in the fasting plasma test, but not enough to be considered diabetic, then it is classed as pre-diabetes, which is associated with insulin resistance but at less risk of getting Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT). Sometimes IGT can progress to Type 2 diabetes.

Some signs and symptoms of pre-diabetes are constant hunger, unexpected weight loss or weight gain and recurring bladder infections, just to name a few. What can contribute to pre-diabetes are sleep disorders, being overweight or obese, and a family history of diabetes and in women who have had a high birth weight baby (generally greater than 9lbs) and/or have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). These things could be the causes or the start of pre-diabetes which could lead to diabetes.

To try and lower your risk of pre-diabetes, eat healthy meals (which include low-fat, low-sugar and a low-salt diet), physical exercise (try to exercise at least 45 minutes a day for 5 days a week, even if it is just walking to the store and back), losing weight (as little as 5-10% can have a significant impact on your overall health as well as lowering your risk of becoming pre-diabetic, don’t smoke (smoking can increase the risk of getting pre-diabetes), don’t drink as much as your daily limit and try not to keep stress in check as this too can increase your risk.

There is a simple test that you can take online if you want to find out if you have either Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes: Click Here for Online Diabetes Test . All you have to do is answer the questions it asks you truthfully and then it will let you know if you’re at risk and whether or not if you should see your doctor. But if you end up with a high score then the chances are that you are at risk of developing pre-diabetes.

People with pre-diabetes can have many of the same complications as people who are diabetic, but less often.  You can have a higher risk of developing diabetic eye disorders, nerve damage and early diabetic kidney disease. People who have pre-diabetes are thought to also already have an increased risk of heart and blood vessel disease so it is best to get checked out if you think that you are at risk of having pre-diabetes and to talk with your doctor right away.

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