16 Mar Prediabetes – 5 reasons to care
5 reasons to care
Prediabetes means that you have a higher than normal blood sugar level and without lifestyle changes this can develop into type 2 diabetes. It is estimated that between five and seven million people in the UK have prediabetes and around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.
Here are 5 reasons why you should care about prediabetes:
1. PREDIABETES IS FULLY REVERSIBLE, TYPE 2 DIABETES IS NOT
If you have prediabetes (impaired glucose tolerance), your blood sugar (glucose) is raised beyond the normal range but it is not so high that you have diabetes. However, if undiagnosed or untreated, prediabetes can develop into type 2 diabetes; which whilst treatable is currently not fully reversible.
Type 2 diabetes is an ongoing disease so even if you are in remission (meaning you aren’t taking medication and your blood sugar levels are normal) there is always a chance that symptoms will return.
2. PREDIABETES CAN CAUSE OTHER TYPES OF HEALTH COMPLICATIONS
If you don’t get treatment, prediabetes can develop into type 2 diabetes and other conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, nerve damage, kidney damage, eye damage, skin infections, trouble with hearing and Alzheimer’s disease. The increasing number of new cases of prediabetes presents a global concern as it carries large scale implications towards the future burden on healthcare. Managing diabetes and controlling your blood sugar can lower your risk for these complications, the good news is that prediabetes is reversible with long-term lifestyle changes.
3. PREDIABETES DOESN’T HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS
You can have prediabetes for years but have no clear symptoms, so it often goes undetected until serious health problems show up. Some risk factors for prediabetes include being overweight, being 40 years or older, having a family history of diabetes, doing little physical activity and having other risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels and other factors.
4. DIABETES IS HARDER TO LIVE WITH THAN PREDIABETES
Though people with prediabetes are already at a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, they don’t yet have to manage the serious health problems that come with diabetes. Diabetes affects every major organ in the body. People with diabetes often develop major complications, such as kidney failure, blindness, and nerve damage (nerve damage can lead to amputation of a toe, foot, or leg). Some studies suggest that diabetes doubles the risk of depression, and that risk increases as more diabetes-related health problems develop. All can sharply reduce quality of life.
5. YOUR LIFESTYLE HELPS PREVENTION
Simple lifestyle measures have been shown to be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. A study called the Diabetes Prevention Program showed a reduction of approximately 58 percent in people who kept up with these changes in the long term. To help prevent type 2 diabetes and its complications, people should achieve and maintain a healthy body weight by being physically active – doing at least 30 minutes of regular, moderate-intensity activity on most days. Additionally, you should eat a healthy diet, avoiding sugar and saturated fats; and avoid tobacco use – smoking increases the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
If your blood sugar levels are rising behind-the-scenes, you need to know about it.
Randox Health is the only health check company that offers a way to diagnose prediabetes by using a test that assesses the body’s levels of Adiponectin, a natural hormone which can identify someone at risk of diabetes earlier than conventional diabetes testing. Our test includes testing for HbA1c which can help diagnose prediabetes.
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