Are You Pre-Diabetic and Don't Know it?

Pre-Diabetic Cardiology Medical Clinic of Chula Vista

Over 30 million people in the United States, or about 9.4 percent of the population, have diabetes. In 2015 alone, over 84 million American adults had prediabetes. By now, many of those individuals likely have the full-blown disease.

If you’re prediabetic, it means your blood sugar level exceeds the normal, healthy range, but it’s not high enough to meet the criteria for Type 2 diabetes. By addressing your condition early, you can lower your risk of diabetes and improve your overall health in the process.

If you suspect you may have diabetes risk factors or may be prediabetic, contact Cardiology Medical Clinic of Chula Vista or request an appointment here on our website.

Signs of prediabetes

Prediabetes often goes unnoticed, in part because it doesn’t always have obvious or noticeable symptoms. One potential sign is darkened skin on particular body parts, such as your armpits, elbows, knees, and knuckles.

Signs that prediabetes has progressed to Type 2 diabetes include:

Risk factors for prediabetes

If you’re at a heightened risk for Type 2 diabetes, you’re at risk for pre-diabetes as well. The opposite is also true. Once you have prediabetes, you’re at a high risk for Type 2 diabetes. Risk factors for both conditions include:

Importance of early detection

If you let prediabetes linger, you can develop long-term complications of diabetes, even if Type 2 diabetes hasn’t set in. These complications include damage to your blood vessels, kidneys, and heart. Luckily, you can turn all of this around. Seeing your doctor for routine physicals and blood glucose tests, as well as lifestyle changes, can go a long way.

How to prevent Type 2 diabetes

To reverse prediabetes and guard against full blown diabetes, consider these practices:

To begin receiving the guidance and support you need, reach out to us by phone or on our website at Cardiology Medical Clinic of Chula Vista. Our team of health care professionals would love to assist you in reaching your health and wellness goals.

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