Could You Be Prediabetic and Not Know it?

Over 10% of the American population has diabetes, and over 32 million have Type 2 diabetes. Each of them progressed through a phase called prediabetes, moving toward the full form of the condition, but still at a point where they could reverse the effects. However, prediabetes rarely presents recognizable symptoms, so it may develop without any sign to warn you. Only blood test screening can reliably detect prediabetes. Contact the team at Millennium Park Medical Associates to discuss testing if you carry any diabetes risk factors to assure prediabetes has not already begun. 

Defining prediabetes

Prediabetes is the early warning system for Type 2 diabetes. It’s a serious condition that requires your immediate attention. Your blood glucose levels are high, but not yet high enough for a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Type 1 diabetes results from your body producing no insulin. Type 2 diabetics produce insulin, but their bodies become resistant to its effects. Prediabetes escalates only to Type 2 diabetes, based around this condition, called insulin resistance. 

Prediabetes risk factors

Since prediabetes presents few symptoms if any at all, it’s important to know the risk factors that may mean you’re more likely to develop the disease. Discussing these factors with Dr. Farah Khan helps you develop a plan to monitor for elevated blood sugar levels, so you can take steps in the early stages to avoid advancement into prediabetes. These risk factors include: 

Symptoms of prediabetes

Only about 10% of people with prediabetes know they have it. If you note any symptoms at all, they could be very subtle or associated with other health factors. Some people with prediabetes experience the darkening of skin. Typically, this symptom shows in the armpits, elbows, knees, knuckles, or neck. When prediabetes turns to diabetes, you may experience: 

Any or all of these symptoms indicate you should see Dr. Khan and begin making lifestyle changes. 

Prediabetes prevention

The best defense against prediabetes includes moving to a more healthy lifestyle. Add additional activity to your day, especially if you have a job that keeps you in one position for most of the day. Adding movement for five minutes every hour during the day, or 30 minutes daily typically adds benefits that reverse or prevent prediabetes. 

Moving to a diet rich in vegetables, lean proteins, fiber, and lots of water helps keep blood sugar levels regulated. When diet and increased activity aren’t enough, Dr. Khan can help you further, with both weight loss and medications to lower blood sugar levels. 

Contact Millennium Park Medical Associates by phone or online to schedule your consultation with Dr. Khan. Prediabetes is reversible, so book your appointment now.

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