You checked for diabetes and you are came out clean. Celebrate. But what if you have prediabetes? Yes, prediabetes is a diagnosis made when your blood glucose is higher than it should be, but not high enough to be called diabetes.
A huge number of people in India as well as across the globe are known to be the victims of prediabetes, but the problem is that most of us don’t get to know it. Prediabetes often has no symptoms at all. Yet, there are a few signs that could help you figure out whether you are a prey to the disease or not. Read on!
Being In A High-Risk Group For Type 2 Diabetes
If you have a family history of diabetes or if you have a sedentary lifestyle (which most of us have), then you’re at a higher risk for prediabetes. Other factors include being older than 45 or belonging to Asian, African or Hispanic background.
Being Overweight Or Obese
Obesity is a huge trigger for prediabetes. If your body mass index (BMI) is over 25, it can definitely point to high blood sugar. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease or polycystic ovarian syndromes are also caused due to obesity or being overweight.
Having Classic Diabetes Symptoms
This is the scary part of prediabetes—the vast majority of people with prediabetes will have no symptoms whatsoever. But people with elevated blood sugar levels will surely notice an unexplained fatigue, increased thirst or a more frequent need to pee.
Dark Patches On Your Skin
A common symptom for people with prediabetes is a skin disorder called acanthosis nigricans. In areas of your body where the skin creases or folds, strange, dark and thick patches can be seen. Acanthosis nigricans often appears on the neck, inside the elbows, behind the knees and on the knuckles.
Lack Of Sleep
Are you a self-proclaimed insomniac? Chances are, you might be prediabetic too! Studies show that people who sleep for less than six hours a night on a regular basis are more likely to have prediabetes. This may be the result of connections between hormones, the nervous system and sleep impairment.