Prediabetes is a “pre-diagnosis” of diabetes—you can think of it as a warning sign. It’s when your blood glucose level (blood sugar level) is higher than normal, but it’s not high enough to be considered diabetes.

Prediabetes is an indication that you could develop type 2 diabetes if you don’t make some lifestyle changes.

Many people have prediabetes but are completely unaware of it. This is because the condition often develops gradually without any warning signs or symptoms. In many cases, the sufferer only learns of their borderline diabetic state once the symptoms of type 2 diabetes start to appear. Therefore, being aware of the risk factors is essential.

You can prevent prediabetes from turning into type 2 diabetes


The risk factors for prediabetes include:

► Being overweight or obese

► Being physically inactive

► Having a close relative (parent or sibling) who currently has or has had diabetes

► Having high blood pressure, low HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) or high triglycerides

► Being over the age of 40

► Having given birth to a baby who weighed over 4 kg

If you have prediabetes this does not mean that you WILL develop type 2 diabetes. But you can take steps to prevent prediabetes to form type 2 diabetes.

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