Prediabetes & Diabetes
Is your body warning you about diabetes?
Sometimes prediabetes and diabetes have no warning signs, which is why it is critical to know your numbers and have an ongoing dialogue with your provider about your risk.
When early diabetes symptoms are present, they can include increased thirst and hunger, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, blurred vision and headaches. One of three simple blood tests measures your average blood glucose levels over the last two to three months. These are one of the simplest ways to detect diabetes and prediabetes, even before symptoms appear.
|A1C test||Less than 5.7 percent||5.7 to 6.4 percent|
|Fasting Plasma Glucose Test (FPG)||Less than 100||100 to 125|
|Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT)||Less than 140||140 to 199|
When diabetes gets complicated
Living with undiagnosed or poorly managed diabetes is particularly dangerous. People with diabetes are more likely to develop glaucoma, common skin infections, high blood pressure, kidney disease and nerve disease.
Turn prediabetes around before diabetes occurs
Prediabetes occurs when your fasting blood glucose, or sugar, level is above normal. It can progress to type 2 diabetes, when your body does not produce or use enough of the hormone insulin to turn glucose into energy.