Have you been diagnosed with Prediabetes? Are you wondering what it actually means? Are you concerned about the health risk it poses? Would you like to know if Prediabetes can be reversed? Here are 5 things you should know about Prediabetes and what the diagnosis can mean for your long-term health.

What is Prediabetes?

As the name suggests, Prediabetes is a condition that occurs ‘pre-‘ the onset of full-blown Type 2 Diabetes.

Prediabetes is when blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as Type 2 Diabetes.

Glucometer showing a glucose reading of 128

What most people don’t know is that it also means that you are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. As the name suggests, Prediabetes puts you directly in the path of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Moreover, it also increases the risk for other metabolic disorders that follow elevated blood sugar levels, namely hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Not surprisingly, Prediabetes is regarded as a serious health condition by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), USA.

What causes Prediabetes?

The onset of Prediabetes is usually preceded by a condition known as insulin resistance. When we eat food, and carbohydrates in particular, blood sugar is released into the bloodstream. The body maintains a narrow range for healthy blood sugar levels. To achieve this, it has a mechanism for moving excess blood sugar from the blood stream and into the cells. Insulin facilitates the movement of this excessive the blood sugar into cells for storage and energy.

When the cells don’t respond to insulin, blood sugar levels continue to rise, and can remain elevated for a long time. In the early stages, the rise is not very high, and thus you may receive a diagnosis of Prediabetes. Eventually, if left untreated, blood sugar levels continue to rise, and this pre-condition progresses to Type 2 Diabetes.

What are the symptoms of Prediabetes?

Surprisingly, Prediabetes usually has no symptoms. This is why most people don’t know that they have Prediabetes.

A few simple blood tests can help determine whether a person has Prediabetes or not:

HbA1c, Fasting Blood Sugar and Post-meal Blood Sugar

These could be important tests to run, particularly if find yourself in one of the following risk categories…

Who is at risk?

While this list isn’t conclusive, it’s a good start to figure out if you are a higher risk. The following factors increase your chances of of developing Prediabetes:

  • being overweight
  • being 45 years or older
  • having a parent or sibling with Type 2 Diabetes
  • being physically inactive less than 3 times week
  • having had gestational diabetes
  • having PCOS
  • being of Asian , African, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian and Pacific Islander descent

Can Prediabetes be reversed?

Yes! Making lifestyle changes that include cleaning up your diet and eating balanced nutritious meals; losing weight if you’re overweight; and increasing your level physical activity can go a long way in helping you reverse Prediabetes. Other things that can help include reducing stress, treating sleep disorders, quitting smoking and reducing or eliminating alcohol intake. This is your ‘Window of opportunity’ to prevent the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.

I am a Certified Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach aka Prediabetes Coach. Get in touch if you would like to learn more about how Prediabetes can be reversed. Lifestyle changes, followed consistently, are key to the process. However, if the idea of figuring it all out is overwhelming, then enquire about my ‘Reverse Prediabetes’ programme. Through this programme, I will teach you how to make the necessary nutrition and lifestyle changes that have been proven to work. As your Prediabetes Coach, I will guide you through the process and help you reverse Prediabetes. This your chance to cut your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Take it and make it happen!