Could You Be Pre-Diabetic and Not Know?

Did you know you could be walking around with a grave condition known as pre-diabetes, and you may not even know it? Approximately one in three American adults is pre-diabetic, according to the latest findings from the CDC. Roughly 90% of those who have the condition, the precursor to type 2 diabetes, have no symptoms at all and no idea they are pre-diabetic. Could you be one?

Type 2 diabetes can be deadly. It affects every part of the body and can be relentless. This completely preventable disease can result in cardiovascular disease, hypertension, heart attack, and stroke. Type 2 diabetics are at risk for nerve damage (neuropathy), kidney disease, and blindness. Knowing whether or not you are pre-diabetic allows you the opportunity to completely avoid type 2 diabetes and the complications and risks associated with the condition.

What Are the Risks for Developing Pre-Diabetes?

Because pre-diabetes has no clear symptoms, it can easily go undiagnosed until significant health problems develop. If you have any of the common risk factors for developing pre-diabetes, it’s crucial that you speak with your physician and have your blood sugar measured. The factors to be aware of are:

How to Know if You Are Pre-Diabetic

If you have one or more of these risk factors, or you suspect you may have pre-diabetes, make an appointment with Dr. Jose L. Valdez, M.D., right away. A simple (fasting and/or non-fasting) blood test is all it takes to determine your blood glucose levels and A1C. The blood glucose test measures your levels at that time. An A1C test will let you know how well your blood sugar has been controlled over the past several months.

As stated, pre-diabetes is virtually symptomless. However, if you notice any of the following changes you need to make and appointment to have your blood glucose tested.

What Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Pre-Diabetes?

If you suspect you may have pre-diabetes, don’t waste a second. Get tested. This condition may not carry all the risks of type 2 diabetes, but you are at increased risk for heart attack and stroke, so don’t dawdle.

The good news is pre-diabetes can be the warning bell you need to prevent or significantly delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. By making a few lifestyle changes, you have the power to get ahead of this deadly and preventable disease.

Adopt a healthier way of eating and drop the excess weight. Losing just 5%-7% of your body weight (10-14 lbs for a person weighing 200 lbs.) will greatly reduce your pre-diabetic status. Getting just over two hours of moderate physical activity per week (a brisk 30-minute walk each day) makes a big difference as well.

Along with weight loss and exercise, find ways to manage your stress. Stress plays a sizable role in weight gain and retention. Those stress hormones can impact your blood sugar levels as well. You’ve no doubt heard of stress-eating? It’s a very real thing. Meditate, nurture your inner-creative and take an art class, get out in nature regularly.

Change Your Numbers/Change Your Life

Before your pre-diabetic condition develops into full blown type 2 diabetes, take steps to change the numbers. Type 2 diabetes reduces your quality of life and puts you at risk for serious and lifelong medical complications and even early death. Dr. Valdez will partner with you to reduce your A1C and keep your blood glucose at a healthy level. You’ll regain your health and enhance your life. Make an appointment today and let Dr. Jose L. Valdez, M.D. help you do away with pre-diabetes.

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