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Prediabetes is a scary thing to hear coming out of your doctor's mouth. If you have been told that you have this “prediabetes” thing, it's possible that your gut reaction was, “No I don't! Uh, what's prediabetes?” This is a question that is actually up for some debate in the medical community. However, as we use it here, it can be considered both a diagnosis and a viable condition. Some medical practitioners have actually suggested that, as a point between normal and diabetic glucose absorption states, prediabetes is something of a misnomer.
Prediabetes is a condition similar to diabetes, although the symptoms of prediabetes may be much less noticeable. Like Type 2 diabetes, prediabetes is a problem with your body's regulation of blood glucose. Over time, your body's insulin becomes less capable of lowering you blood sugar to normal levels. Your doctor will diagnose you with prediabetes when your blood sugar levels are high, but not elevated enough to be classified as Type 2 diabetes.
Instead of glucose moving out of your blood and into your cells, it begins to build up in the bloodstream. This happens because the cells have decided not to listen to what insulin is telling them to do. Insulin would like the cell to open all its glucose doorways and let it flow through, however, the cells don't like having too much glucose inside them.
Your risk of cardiovascular disease is increased by 50%… this is one reason why you should have your blood pressure and cholesterol levels monitored and treated. Prediabetes is where you still have a chance to prevent developing full-blown type 2 diabetes because your blood sugar level is under the diabetic level. However, according to studies, having prediabetes can increase your likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes within ten years… now you may be able to bring your blood sugar level back to normal.
Prediabetes is a medically recognized health condition pertaining to blood sugar levels, also referred to as blood glucose levels, and when a person's blood glucose levels are persistently above normal and yet not high enough to meet the diagnosis of diabetes, the term prediabetes is given to the condition. It is serious and carries the risk of developing further into diabetes, which is even far more serious and, in the opinion of most doctors, an incurable disease. Without intervention, prediabetes is likely to progress to type-2 diabetes.
The good news here is that people with prediabetes normally don't have any type of eye disease, kidney disease or any type of nerve damage that you could end up with full blown diabetes. Don't think you are off the hook if you “only” have prediabetes because you are not. You are far more likely to have heart disease and brain issues than someone else that has completely normal blood glucose levels.
The good news is that research shows that some lifestyle changes can have a big impact on these factors, and can delay or even prevent the progression to type 2 diabetes. In the Diabetes Prevention program individuals that walked or moderately exercised for 2 _ hours per week, watched what they ate and stayed on any prescribed medication were able to reduce the rate of diabetes by 58% over 3 years. These individuals were all at high risk for prediabetes prior to entering the study.