What is Pre-diabetes?

  • 26 Months ago
What is Pre-diabetes?

Pre-diabetes is when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.

  • HbA1C test: Hemoglobin A1C (Glycated hemoglobin)
  • FBS test: Fasting Blood Sugar Test​
  • OGTT test: Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT)
  • RPG test: Random Plasma Glucose Test​

Are you at risk of pre-diabetes? Should you get yourself checked?

You have a higher risk of developing pre-diabetes if:

  • You are overweight
  • You have a large waist size (for men: waists larger than 90 cm; for women: larger than 80 cm)
  • Your diet mostly consists of food and beverages with high sugar content, red meat, and processed meat
  • You are generally inactive
  • You are over the age of 45 (although take note that diabetes can develop at any age)
  • You have a family history of type 2 diabetes
  • You had gestational diabetes when you were pregnant
  • You have polycystic ovary syndrome
  • You have a sleeping disorder called obstructive sleep apnea
  • You work on night shifts or change shifts often that it causes you sleeping problems

What impact pre-diabetes has on your body?

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke

What can you do about it?

If you have pre-diabetes you can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by:

  • Losing weight
  • Eating healthy
  • Exercising regularly
  • Checking blood sugar levels regularly
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