Prediabetes means your blood glucose levels are higher than normal. When your blood glucose levels reach a certain level, you have diabetes. This is a disease that occurs when your body doesn’t make or use the hormone insulin properly. It causes too much glucose to build up in the blood. Too much glucose in your blood can be harmful to your body over time.
Prediabetes is when your blood glucose levels are too high, but not high enough to be called diabetes. If you have prediabetes, you are at much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. You are also at risk of developing other health conditions, including heart disease or stroke.
However, if you have prediabetes, you can prevent or delay the type 2 diabetes by making lifestyle changes. These include eating a healthy diet, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising regularly.
Symptoms of Prediabetes
Prediabetes usually doesn’t cause any symptoms. The only way to know you have it is if your blood sugar levels are tested.
Can prediabetes be prevented or avoided?
It is very possible to prevent prediabetes from developing into type 2 diabetes. Eating healthy whole food, addressing overweight and staying at a healthy weight, and committing to some physical activity which can be a walk or two daily is enough to help get your blood glucose level back into the normal range.