Pre-Diabetes: Are you in danger of Diabetes?

While we’re sure there are many questions you would be asking yourself, the first important step is to understand the condition in its entirety. Pre-diabetes is a state where one’s blood sugar count is higher than normal blood sugar levels, but not high enough to be considered diabetic.

More importantly, pre-diabetes does not always have symptoms—for a lot of patients, the symptoms of pre-diabetes do not appear at all, and it is this silent condition that leads to their diagnosis of type-2 diabetes later on in their life.

Do note that this article and checklist are not substitutes for professional medical advice. The authors of this site are not qualified doctors, and this should not in any way substitute a proper check-up by a licensed doctor. Depending on your body’s personal physiology, symptoms may differ from person to person.

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Here’s a checklist of questions to ask yourself if you’re at risk for pre-diabetes:

  • Do you have a family history of diabetes?
  • Are you over the age of 40?
  • Do you live a sedentary lifestyle?
  • Are you overweight? Is that excess fat centred on your abdomen?
  • Do you have high blood pressure?
  • Is your blood cholesterol high?
  • Are you of Asian, African, Hispanic, or American-Indian ethnicity?

If you’re worried whether or not you might have pre-diabetes, please see your doctor for a diabetes test. As a rule of thumb, having anywhere from three to five of the seven points represents a significant risk factor in terms of diabetes potential, so if you’re worried, seek a medical professional’s advice immediately. The help is out there, you just need to seek it!