Prediabetes: the silent indicator of diabetes that a third of UK adults have

A third of all adults in the UK have prediabetes and with the UK’s estimated 3.8million diabetics estimated to climb to 5million by 2025 – largely as a result of obesity and the ageing population – it’s more important than ever to get this important body marker checked.

Illness doesn’t just happen overnight. Over time, your body begins to display symptoms but, often, irregularly has been present for some time. Prediabetes is an early indicator of type-2 diabetes which has few symptoms. It is often described as the ‘grey area’ between normal blood sugar levels and type-2 diabetes levels. For this reason, it’s important to find out your levels as early as possible.

In recent years, it has become apparent that many people at risk of developing type-2 diabetes are able to reverse the likelihood of the disease through lifestyle changes following a prediabetes diagnosis.

What is prediabetes and how does it determine if I will develop type-2 diabetes in the future?

Prediabetes is characterised by the presence of blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be classed as diabetes.

For this reason, prediabetes is often described as the “grey area” between normal blood sugar and diabetic levels. In the UK, around 7 million people are estimated to have prediabetes and thus have a high risk for developing type-2 diabetes.

In 2017, Randox Health discovered that legendary jockey AP McCoy had developed prediabetes. Owing to his concern, and having a first-degree relative with type-2 diabetes, AP embarked on a 12 month Randox Health programme to try and reverse prediabetes and limit his risk of developing type-2 diabetes himself.

What are the symptoms of prediabetes?

93% of the 60 million people with prediabetes globally are unaware they have it. This is because the condition often develops gradually without any warning signs or symptoms. In many cases, the sufferer only learns of their diabetic state once the symptoms of type-2 diabetes start to appear. Randox Health is the only health company that offers a way to test for prediabetes using a body marker of Adiponectin.  Therefore, getting your Randox Health check early is essential to track if your blood sugar levels are rising behind-the-scenes.

How can Randox Health test for indicators of type-2 diabetes so early?

At Randox Health, we offer the world’s most advanced blood science technology health checks. From a single blood sample, we can assess up to 350 different indicators of irregularly or disease at their very earliest stage. Up to 80% of all cases of type-2 diabetes are preventable if detected early. We want to help more and more people understand their health as early as possible so they can take reversible action now when there’s the best chance of a positive outcome.

If you want to take your health into your own hands and find out your risk of developing diabetes. book your Randox Health programme today or find out about our tests here.

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