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August 25, 2022

Symptoms of Prediabetes

Identifying the symptoms of prediabetes earlier on gives you a better chance of reversing the onset of type 2 diabetes.

What are the symptoms of prediabetes?

For the vast majority of patients, there are symptoms of pre-diabetes.

Often the condition develops over time without any noticeable symptoms or warning signs. Due to this, a lot of people only learn they are prediabetic when the first symptoms of type 2 diabetes appear.

The symptoms of type 2 diabetes can include:

  • Fatigue or tiredness
  • Feelings of hunger, particularly after a meal
  • Having the need to urinate often
  • Feeling abnormally thirsty
  • Blurred vision
  • Itching of the skin, often around the genitalia
  • Slow healing of cuts or wounds
  • Having regular yeast infections
  • Having a skin disorder such as psoriasis or acanthosis nigricans
  • Sudden weight loss or loss of muscle mass

As mentioned, because the symptoms of prediabetes come on subtly, it can be hard to identify how at-risk you are of developing the condition. Identifying some of the risk factors can be a vital way of understanding the possibility of getting prediabetes.

Risk factors of prediabetes

You should be tested for prediabetes if you:

  • Have a high body mass index (bmi) are overweight or obese
  • If a close family member (a parent or sibling) currently has diabetes
  • Have high blood pressure, low HDL ("good" cholesterol) or high triglycerides
  • Are over the age of 40
  • Have given birth to a baby weighing over 9 pounds

Although prediabetes is indiscriminate and can affect anyone, regardless of their age, gender or racial type, some groups are more genetically predisposed to get the condition, including:

  • Afro-Caribbean
  • South Asian
  • Native American

Stopping prediabetes from developing into type 2 diabetes

The good news is that through lifestyle changes you can prevent your prediabetes from progressing into type 2 diabetes.

Adopting a lifestyle that includes regular exercise and following a healthy diet can help your blood glucose settle back to normal.

In particular, a diet low in carbohydrates has been clinically proven to lower blood sugar levels and even help people with type 2 diabetes put their condition into remission.

If you’re interested in following a low-carb diet, the Low Carb Program is an award-winning app approved by the NHS that can provide you with live support and education to help you make the transition to a healthier lifestyle.


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