Beware of Prediabetes and Diabetes

Millions of Americans suffer from type 2 diabetes, but don't realize it.  Frighteningly, many more suffer from prediabetes.  In this condition, your blood glucose level is slightly higher than the normal limit, which means your chances of suffering from diabetes are very high. 

 If you suffer from prediabetes, the transition to a healthy lifestyle can reduce this disease to develop into a true diabetes. Many people with prediabetes do not feel any symptoms.  However, there could be some unconscious signs. Here's how to find out.  
  • Ask your doctor to check fasting blood sugar levels if you have risk factors for prediabetes or diabetes.  Namely if you are over 45 years old, are overweight, or have one of the following conditions: lead an inactive lifestyle, high blood pressure, low "good" HDL cholesterol levels, a family history of diabetes (affecting a parent or sibling  ), or if you are African American, Asian American, Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islands.
  • Be aware of the threat of prediabetes.  Signs include changes in skin color in the folds (darkening), such as in the neck, armpits and groin area, or on the elbows, knees, or knuckles.
  • Check for signs of diabetes.  Call your doctor immediately if you experience unusual fatigue, thirst or excessive hunger.  frequent urination, unexpected weight loss, long-lasting cuts and bruises, tingling or numbness in the hands or feet, infections of the skin, gums, or recurrent bladder.  (You may also have type 2 diabetes without any symptoms. So, if you experience any of the above, consider it a gift - and get it checked out immediately.)

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