Have you ever heard of pre-diabetes? It’s a lifestyle-related condition which is marked by higher than normal blood sugar.
Pre-diabetes puts you at risk
If you have pre-diabetes, it means you have a high chance of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. If left undiagnosed and untreated, pre-diabetes can become type 2 diabetes within only 10 years! The good news is that both of these conditions can be prevented. How? By changing to a healthier lifestyle, that includes maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly.
How do I know if I’m at risk?
Anyone aged 45 and older and/or overweight should be tested regularly. If you’re younger than 45, overweight and have any of the following risk factors, then you should also make an appointment to get screened:
- Don’t exercise regularly
- Have a family history of diabetes
- Have had gestational diabetes or have given birth to a child weighing more than 4kg
- Have high blood pressure
- Have a low HDL cholesterol level and/or a high triglyceride level
- Have polycystic ovary syndrome
- Have previously been identified as having impaired fasting glucose or impaired glucose tolerance
- Have heart disease, or family members with heart disease
How can I find out if I have pre-diabetes?
If you think you’re at risk, make an appointment to see your doctor to have the necessary blood tests to check for pre–diabetes.
Prevention and treatment
Take heart! People who’ve been diagnosed with pre-diabetes can do a lot to delay or even prevent diabetes. If you think you might be at risk of pre-diabetes, and want to find out more about the condition and how you can prevent it, why not speak to one of our doctors right now – they’re online and waiting to answer your questions. Get Hello Doctor NOW, you can start speaking to a doctor right away!
Sources: Doctor Oz; WebMD; Family Doctor