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Symptoms of Pre Diabetes

Pre diabetes is a condition where blood glucose levels are elevated, but not high enough to be diagnosed as full-blown diabetes. The condition is considered a significant risk factor in heart attack, stroke and coronary artery disease. Individuals who have a higher potential for the condition often want to know how to prevent pre diabetes through early detection of symptoms and a proper diabetes diet. While pre diabetes is often a “silent” disease with few visible symptoms, there are a few telltale signs to watch out for.

Early signs of pre diabetes

Some of the early signs of pre diabetes that may be present include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Unusually persistent thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Numbness in extremities
  • Fatigue
  • Prolonged healing of cuts and bruises
  • Chronic bladder infections

When these symptoms are accompanied by known risk factors for pre diabetes, odds are higher that the disease is present. Some of the common risk factors for pre diabetes are:

  • Over 45 years of age
  • Overweight or obese
  • Family member with type II diabetes
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • History of high blood pressure or heart disease
  • Abnormal blood sugar tests in the past

Also, individuals of African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian-American or Pacific Islander descent are also at higher risk for developing pre diabetes. Patients who fall into any of these high risk categories can request a diabetes screening from their physicians, to determine if pre diabetes is a concern. The screening may be done through a variety of tests designed to monitor blood sugar levels and gauge the individual’s metabolic rate. Patients that test positive for either impaired fasting glucose or impaired glucose tolerance may need to seek treatment for pre diabetes.

Managing pre diabetes

The good news is that pre diabetes can be effectively managed, so that it does not progress to full-blown type 2 diabetes. The physicians at The Center for Medical Weight Loss are experienced in crafting a unique pre diabetes diet plan to suit each individual’s needs, as well as designing diet & exercise plans that aid in managing and even completely reversing diabetes, to the point where some patients no longer require medication.

“We see diabetic patients all the time who lose weight and no longer need insulin,” Dr. Michael Kaplan, founder and chief medical officer for The Center for Medical Weight Loss, explains. “When patients lose 5-10 percent of their body weight, it is a given that they will reduce their blood sugar significantly; many no longer need insulin.”

Whether you are developing the early signs of pre diabetes or have been diagnosed with diabetes, the doctors at The Center for Medical Weight Loss can help. Through a diabetic diet and appropriate exercise program customized to your specific needs, you can lose weight quickly and successfully and learn to effectively manage your condition. There are 450 centers nationwide helping patients lose weight and achieve healthier lifestyles. Enter your zip code to the right to find a center near you. Introductory offers are available for first-time visitors at select locations.