Pre-diabetes symptoms

If you watch television, read magazines and newspapers, or surf the net, then chances are you know that the United States is suffering from an epidemic of diabetes. In fact, it is said that 56 million Americans suffer from diabetes or pre-diabetes, and more and more are sliding toward pre-diabetes every single day. If you live an unhealthy lifestyle, stay sedentary, or suffer from weight problems as many Americans do, you may worry that you could come down with type 2 diabetes – a type of diabetes that is characterized by adult onset. What you may not know is that, if you get checked at your doctor regularly, you may be diagnosed with what is known as pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes is a condition in its own right, but one characterized by the fact that it has not yet progressed into full blow diabetes. If you worry about diabetes – either because you suffer from health problems or because you have a history of type 2 diabetes in your family – first speak with your primary care physician about changing your lifestyle. Next, be sure to get checked out at the doctor regularly because they may be able to diagnose pre-diabetes in you and get your health turned around.

If someone has pre-diabetes symptoms (also sometimes known as “impaired glucose tolerance” (IGT) or “impaired fasting glucose” (IFG)), their blood glucose levels are above normal, but not high enough to have reached the plateau that indicates diabetes has set in. If your doctor talks to you about pre-diabetes, he or she may very well describe the condition as the “grey area” between normal blood sugar levels and diabetic blood sugar levels. It is extremely important that people with pre-diabetes get diagnosed. For one, of course, pre-diabetes can lead to full blown type 2 diabetes. On the other hand, it can also lead to other problems, such as cardiovascular problems.

So how do you know if you should worry about pre-diabetes? Well, if you suffer from any of these risk factors and start to notice pre-diabetes symptoms, you should be wary and get checked out by your primary care physician. These risk factors, all of which point toward insulin resistance, include a family history of type 2 diabetes, high glucose levels, heart disease, high blood pressure, high triglyceride levels, low HLD (good) cholesterol, and overweight or obesity. Further, women who have had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy), have had babies weighing over 9 lbs., or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) should be hyper alert to pre-diabetes symptoms.

Remember, health problems associated with diabetes can occur before diabetes is diagnosed, so be on the lookout for pre-diabetes symptoms if you find yourself suffering from any of these conditions. Luckily – or perhaps unfortunately, depending on how you look at it – because diabetes is considered “America’s most dangerous epidemic,” most doctors are now intimately familiar with the symptoms and risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes. Still, if you get checked out and worry that you are suffering from pre-diabetes symptoms, bring this concern up with your doctor. He may run additional tests to confirm or deny your suspicions, or he may lay your fears to rest.

Whatever you do, never ignore pre-diabetes symptoms. If caught and treated, pre-diabetes may never have to develop into full blown diabetes. If not treated, pre-diabetes can develop into type 2 diabetes or cause heart problems. Heart disease is the top killer of people in the United States, and its risk should never be taken lightly. If you feel at all bad, consult with your primary care physician. If caught early enough, pre-diabetes symptoms can be treated and your health can be turned around.

Last updated on Oct 2nd, 2010 and filed under Diabetes Mellitus. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

2 Responses for “Pre-diabetes symptoms”

  1. Julie says:

    I have a concern with my “diabetes”. My dr diagnosed this because of ONE high blood sugar reading…back a few years ago. I strongly believe I had PREdiabetes now. However; she prescribed a high dose of metformin, and i have been on that for a long time. I feel with this, (and other things) she prescribes too easily. I am afraid now, i am dependent on these drugs, and afraid to stop them…or at least ease back a little. She wont hear of it. My numbers never go over 6.5, I believe my last one was below 5, but she wanted 4 . something. Here’s another thing, I dieted and lost 28 lbs, then suddenly was having dizzy spells. Could my medications have been cut back a bit? I was exercising every day, but the dizzy spells got so bad, i had to stop. I’m also on a mild high BP medication, so kind of wondering about that also. I check it often and it is always in normal range…although i did not have it checked back when i was exercising. So NOW…I’m starting to put the weight back on…but the dizzy spells were SO frightening, i haven’t gone back. My heart has been checked and double checked…everything is ok there..also all of the rest of me..tests every which way i turn. She is very thorough, sometimes i think to the point of TOO thorough. All these tests for which i have no symptoms are very expensive. Another problem. I am overdue for my checkup because im fearing all these tests again. I feel frustrated and helpless here now. Maybe find another doctor i can talk to, and start controlling my health a little more. :( :(

  2. Andrew says:

    Like some other articles on this topic, the article above strongly implies that pre-diabetes is precipitated by unhealthy lifestyle. While that may be true in many (most) cases, it is clearly not always so. I have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes and my body fat percentage is a very good 17% (I am male), I cycle over 3000 miles a year, have never smoked, never abused alchohol, eat very little red meat and dairy, etc. etc.

    My intent is not to undermine the “lifestyle” dimension of this problem. However, let’s not forget the small percentage of people with this condition who have no reason to expect the presence of this problem due to “lifestyle” considerations. I think everyone should be asking their doctor to be screened, even if they no have the lifestyle problems.

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