describes a where one’s blood sugar (glucose) is elevated but has not yet reached the threshold of a diagnosis. advise people to consider a warning sign.
If a loved one has been diagnosed with, it’s time to take their health more seriously to avoid potentially serious . Important to reduce the risk of may include habits, more physical exercise, and .
People diagnosed withhave up to a 50% chance of developing diabetes within five to 10 years. Because often doesn't present with symptoms, once diagnosed it is important to have your tested, especially if you are at for diabetes.
Unmanagedcan lead to , but there are steps you can take to reverse the condition to reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
According to the
Your risk formay be higher if you:
Are over the age of 45
Have a parent or sibling diagnosed with
Are overweight or obese
Are of, / , , , or
Live a mostly sedentary lifestyle, exercising less than three times per week
Are a woman who was diagnosed with
Take medications, including certain HIV medications, antipsychotics, or steroids
Have hormonal conditions, including Cushing’s syndrome and acromegaly
Experience sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea
Are a smoker
Being diagnosed withputs you at a of developing , a disease that correlates with a greater risk of developing or stroke.
can be reversed, and maintained, by adopting a , as suggested by your .
occurs when the body’s insulin has a lower than normal response. Insulin typically allows glucose (blood sugar) to enter your cells and be used as energy to fuel your body.
This sluggish response, known as , causes the to increase insulin production, resulting in excess glucose in the bloodstream. High indicate , and at a certain threshold, .
There are many factors involved in the cause of, which include lifestyle and genetics. Research shows that a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk for , and adopting a more active lifestyle can lower the risk of developing .
According to researchers, it isn’t entirely clear why a person becomes. However, some studies find being overweight and sedentary appear to contribute.
Excess abdominal fat can cause increased inflammation, which may be a factor leading to. Lack of regular exercise has also been found to cause imbalances that cause to increase.
often has no symptoms, even in those who have had the condition for many years, and it can sometimes be undetectable until the condition develops into diabetes.
In some cases, people withmay notice:
Darkened skin around the neck, armpit, or knuckles
Small skin growths or skin tags
Eye changes that can lead to diabetes-related retinopathy
If your loved one is diagnosed withand notice these symptoms of diabetes, be sure to contact your health provider:
Cuts or sores that do not heal
Avoiding or reversing can be an important step, and even a small amount of can be beneficial.
Regular check-ups with yourand providing a thorough , including mention of any metabolic conditions, makes early detection possible, reducing the risk of developing diabetes.
Taking steps to reverse, which is a combination of , level, and large waist measurement, with diet and exercise, can effectively prevent or reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
is often diagnosed through routine screening tests administered by your . The earlier is diagnosed, the lower the chances of developing and requiring a lifetime of .
A typicalmay be a test and a hemoglobin to test your . Another test used is the , which assesses how your body responds to sugar.
There is a complex test used to test forby researchers, but not usually by .
Thoughis very common and has a high chance of progressing into diabetes, the good news is that it’s possible to .
Many people with can prevent or delay with , more regular , and changing to a more healthful diet.
Speak with yourabout programs to and search through the and the for more programs and other resources.
The best treatment plan forrequires , including regular exercise and adjustment to a healthier diet.
These relatively simple changes can help prevent the development of, a serious .
of even 5% of your can be beneficial in improving your health
Regular exercise, such as walking 30 minutes per day, five days a week, can bring improvements in many areas of your health
Get started with these suggested actions to begin reducing your risk of diabetes and getting your back to healthy levels:
Develop aplan with the help of a nutritionist or dietitian
Take steps to manage stress levels
Follow your doctor’s plan to manage youror
Get support to stop smoking and limit your alcohol intake
Speak with aabout treatment for sleep disorders
Take, a diabetes medication your may prescribe to delay the onset of diabetes
Connect with other people embarking on a similarprogram
Whenindicate , you are at greater risk of developing diabetes and the complications of and stroke. However, there are many ways to reduce your risk.
Get support and talk to yourto put together a plan for a healthier lifestyle. Be sure to schedule regular screening tests for .
and diabetes may result in vision loss. If you notice blurred vision, contact your eye doctor, and they can check for retinopathy, a change in the structure of your eye, and other vision problems related to diabetes.
often occurs without symptoms, so it is advisable to have a dilated eye exam annually. Talk with your about scheduling other regular screenings, especially if you are over 45 with a high (body mass indicator).
A Nurse Director at a large medical center in Boston, MA, who holds a Master’s in Nursing Leadership and Administration and an MBA in Healthcare Management.
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