Warning Signs of Prediabetes

Do I have prediabetes?  What is prediabetes?  What are the signs and symptoms of prediabetes?

Prediabetes is the state in which some but not all of the diagnostic criteria for diabetes are met. It is often described as the “gray area” between normal blood sugar and diabetic levels.  The primary test to screen for prediabetes is:  The glycated hemoglobin (A1C) test. This blood test indicates your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months. It works by measuring the percentage of blood sugar attached to hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells. The higher your blood sugar levels, the more hemoglobin you'll have with sugar attached. An A1C level between 5.7 and 6.4 percent suggests you have prediabetes. Normal levels are below 5.7 percent.

If the A1C test isn't available, or if you have certain conditions that can make the A1C test inaccurate — such as if you're pregnant or have an uncommon form of hemoglobin (known as a hemoglobin variant) — your doctor may use the following tests to diagnose diabetes: Fasting blood sugar (glucose) level of:  100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 mM to 6.9 mM) - ADA (American Diabetes Association) criteria.   Two hour glucose tolerance test: After ingesting the standardized 75 Gm glucose solution, the blood sugar level of 140 to 199 mg/dL (7.8 to 11.0 mM).  Levels above these limits would be a diagnosis for diabetes.

The warning signs of prediabetes.  Before people develop type II diabetes, they almost always have prediabetes.  The signs of prediabetes include increased middel weight, drowsiness, always thirsty, blurred vision, increased sugar craving, and tingling feet.  However, most prediabetes have no clear syndromes.  The good news is that before you develop into diabetes, you can reverse prediabetes by changing your lifestyles.  Let AromActive be a tradition in your life and rejuvenate you.