If you are new to the term prediabetes let me try dissecting the term for you. As of english literature the ‘pre’ prefix means ‘before’ hence pre-diabetes is also a scenario before getting the actual diabetes. Well here we are primarily talking about type 2 diabetes which generally occur in association with family history, sedentary lifestyle obesity etc.
Our normal blood sugar is between 70-99 mg/dL. Prediabetes is a condition in which our blood glucose levels are above normal range but not in diabetic rage yet. Fasting blood sugar higher than 126 mg/dL is diabetic range although a single such reading is not enough to make a diagnosis of diabetes and multiple readings might be required. These days another good way is through measurement of HbA1C (also called glycosylated hemoglobin- a type of blood test) which if above the normal value is usually diagnostic of a diabetes. Prediabetes mostly lead to a full-blown diabetes (type 2) so it’s wise to be cautious about health.
Since lifestyle is very important in type 2 diabetes its preferable to have active lifestyle with healthy eating habits like eating enough vegetables, low fat and low sugar food. Regular exercise is also important. Since diabetes type 2 can present with high cholesterol and high blood pressure checking those levels and having a good lifestyle via exercise and dietary modification might be wise (along with a consultation of a health care provider).
If you have family history of diabetes you are probably prone to have prediabetes. Other conditions that can increase your susceptibility to get a prediabetes are – gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy), obesity, polycystic ovarian cysts (a ovary disease of females), bad lipid report card (that is if LDL is high and/or HDL low) etc. So get into action now, talk to you your doctor and decide the best for your health.
- Having Prediabetes increases the chance of getting Diabetes.
- Family history of diabetes etc are important determinants of getting prediabetes.
- Checking blood pressure and lipid levels in blood regularly are important.
- Good healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and low fat and sugar is wise (lessening or stopping smoking and drinking of soft and hard drinks might be sought of).
- Regular exercise and active life counts to a good health.
- Consulting doctor earliest is probably the most important step.
Please cross check information from other sources too. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. References:link