Pre diabetes is a wake-up call that you’re on the path to diabetes. Pre diabetes is the precursor stage before diabetes mellitus. Diabetes mellitus, commonly referred to as diabetes, is a group of metabolic disorders in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. Glucose is required for the cells to produce energy and help growth. When your body does not produce enough or any insulin then type-1 diabetes is affected. If your body have plenty of insulin but the cells are resistant to the insulin is called type-2 diabetes.
Pre diabetes is a stage when your blood sugar level is higher than normal, but it’s not high enough to be considered diabetes. People with pre diabetes have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular (heart and circulation) disease. Type-2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes.
Diabetes develops very gradually, so when you’re in the pre diabetes stage you may not have any symptoms at all. You may have these:
Don’t eat (fasting) for 8 hours before taking the blood test. If your results are:
First you take a fasting glucose test. Then drink a sugary solution. After two hours take another blood test. If your results are:
Prevention is better than cure, let’s look at the diabetes prevention recommendations: