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The Cautionary Signs Of Prediabetes

by Victoria Marian Belmis / Oct 17, 2022 11:02 AM EDT
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As the name implies, prediabetes is a diagnosis a person can receive when their blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be considered diabetes. Knowing that you are prediabetic can serve as a warning of your health's direction and a chance to protect it.

Prediabetes can quickly develop into heart disease, stroke, or type 2 diabetes when left unattended. One earlier study revealed that 5 to 10 percent of people who have prediabetes progress to diabetes every year. Fortunately, with early detection and treatment, the condition can be reversed. 

Symptoms

Prediabetes does not have clear symptoms. Sometimes individuals experience a condition called acanthosis nigricans that causes discoloration or darkened skin on the elbows, knees, neck, armpits, or knuckles. When you begin to experience increased thirst and urination, tiredness, blurry vision, or sores/cuts that do not heal, this is a sign to consult your doctor. 

Risk factors

Anyone can become prediabetic, and the chances are higher for people with certain lifestyle risk factors and genetics.

Some primary examples of the risk factors include age (over 45 years old), body weight (BMI over 25), diet (regular consumption of red/processed meat and sugar-sweetened beverages), physical inactivity, medical history, and a family history of immediate relatives that have type 2 diabetes. 

Treatment

Personal diet and lifestyle changes are one of the best ways to manage weight and prevent type 2 diabetes. Go for more fiber-rich foods such as fruits, nuts, and whole grains when shopping. Try to limit your consumption of sugary beverages and sweets. For lifestyle tips, setting a goal of at least 150 minutes of exercise every week and stress management activities such as meditation and yoga can contribute to preventing the serious condition from worsening.

KPTown also recommends taking Kiseido Dang Gan Sin Gu as a herbal supplement. It's infused with over 40 natural ingredients that help strengthen the function of internal organs and ensure blood sugar control. It's on sale now at 29% off. 

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