What is Prediabetes?

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Prediabetes? What is it really?

Have you ever asked yourself “what is Prediabetes?” 

Prediabetes is a medical condition that has a negative impact on a person’s health. It’s distinguished by raised blood sugar levels that are greater than normal.

These levels won’t be so high yet that they will get diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

Prediabetes, when not treated, leads to the same serious health problems that come with Type 2 Diabetes.

Children and adults who have Prediabetes are at a high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. This is especially true for those who are heavier or have a family history of diabetes. Also, those who have high blood pressure.

Cause

It is unknown up until now what the root cause of Type 2 Diabetes is.  And it is not yet established whether it is a hereditary condition. What is known is that the more family members you have who have Type 2 diabetes, the more likely you are to get it as well.

Family history and genetics play a significant role in the onset of Prediabetes. With this in mind, those with Prediabetes will experience insulin resistance to varying degrees.  And, as such, will no longer be able to adequately digest sugar (glucose).

What does it mean for you if you have pre-diabetes? We wrote an article about that, here. 

Insulin

Insulin is a hormone that serves as a key to allowing glucose into cells in order for them to have access to energy. In the case that you suffer from Prediabetes, your cells are unable to respond correctly to insulin. They can’t take in the glucose, which then leads to high blood sugar levels and other related issues.

Damage

By the time you get diagnosed with prediabetes, the damage has already begun.

The long-term damage caused by diabetes, particularly to your heart, kidneys, as well as blood vessels, is happening. But, there is good news.

The development from Prediabetes to Type 2 Diabetes is not inevitable. So, it is not too late to make lifestyle changes. Making changes today can prevent a diagnosis of this life-threatening condition.

Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes can be put into remission. Starting a Ketogenic diet can help.

How do I start a Ketogenic Diet?

Signs

Prediabetes is a condition that has very few apparent indications or symptoms.

Darkened skin on certain areas of the body could be one possible symptom of Prediabetes. This can present itself in the form of darkened skin under the neck, armpits, and groin.

One of the classic signs that a person has progressed from Prediabetes to Type 2 Diabetes is weight gain. Increased urination is also a sign. Other symptoms include increased thirst, increased hunger, and blurred vision.

If you are pre-diabetic, losing a few pounds if you are heavier and engaging in regular physical activity can reduce your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

You may also consider eating healthier food. Find the right diet plan so you can maintain a healthy weight.

Once you see any signs or symptoms of PreDiabetes it’s already causing damage. It’s imperative that you get in contact with your doctor immediately. If you have risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes, it is important to discuss blood sugar testing with your physician.

Your doctor will order a fasting blood glucose test.

If your fasting blood sugar is over 100 (US), then you are already Prediabetic1https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/prediabetes/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20355284.

If your A1c is between 5.7 and 6.4, then you are Prediabetic.

Do not wait for your doctor to tell you that you have full-blown Type 2 Diabetes before doing anything about it. Get started now on reversing your Prediabetes!

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