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Pre-diabetes: A stage of diabetes that can be reversed

  • October 21, 2019
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Diabetes, unfortunately, is a widespread condition in our country. Once thought as a condition of older people, now commonly is seen in people as young as 30 years. Earlier it is diagnosed; better is the possibility of control. Pre-diabetes, a borderline condition, can be managed with lifestyle modifications. Here is some useful information about pre-diabetes. 

Pre-diabetes is a stage of diabetes where your blood sugar level is higher than average, but not yet high enough for you to be diagnosed diabetic. A simple test called HbA1c test can detect diabetes or pre-diabetes. To be diagnosed as pre-diabetic, HbA1c value has to be between 5.7 and 6.5. A pre-diabetic rarely develops any symptoms; thus, it is often diagnosed during a health check-up. However, in some people, frequency of hunger, thirst and urination may increase.

 

Diabetes during pregnancy, giving birth to a baby weighing >4 Kg, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), obesity/overweight, belly fat, high cholesterol levels, sedentary lifestyle, and age >45 years are risk factors of pre-diabetes as well as diabetes.

 

The good news is pre-diabetes can be managed, in most people, with lifestyle modifications and controlling risk factors. Your doctor and dietician and assist you in restoring the normal sugar levels and preventing the development of diabetes.

 

Thus, if you have any risk factors of diabetes, and if you are aged more than 40, keep an eye on your sugar levels. So that pre-diabetes can be diagnosed, and appropriate measures can be taken.

After all, prevention is better than cure!

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Disclaimer: Don’t follow any suggestions in this article without consulting a qualified doctor

References

  1. “Pre-diabetes: Definition, Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment”  https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/type-2-diabetes-guide/what-is-prediabetes
  2. “ HbA1c (Hemoglobin A1c): A1C Chart, Test, Levels and Normal Ranges” https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/guide/glycated-hemoglobin-test-hba1c