4. Skin symptoms of prediabetes
Another red flag of prediabetes might manifest through changes on your skin. If you notice your skin darkened on the back of your neck, armpits, knuckles, knees, and elbows, it could be a sign of insulin resistance and prediabetes.
3. Sedentary lifestyle
The less active you are, the greater your risk of borderline diabetes. In fact, a regular physical activity not only helps you control your weight but also, burns glucose as energy instead of converting it into fat and makes your cells more sensitive to insulin. Even if you are not running marathons, little 10 minutes walk are a very healthy habit.
2. Age factor
Although diabetes can develop even in children, the risk of prediabetes increases mostly after your 45th birthday. Unfortunately, around that age, people start to lose muscle mass, metabolism tends to slow down, so it’s easier to gain weight.
1. Gestational diabetes
All pregnant women have temporarily elevated blood sugar levels. If those levels become higher than normal, the woman develops gestational diabetes. Even if, after giving birth, the levels go back to normal, both the mother and the child are considered at higher risk of borderline diabetes later on.
In addition to the signs discussed so far, other “sneaky” signs of prediabetes are your family history – if you have close relatives affected by type 2 diabetes – or if you suffer from sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, or frequent lack of sleep. Frequent urge to pee, blurred vision, unexplained fatigue, and excessive thirst are also red flags to look for. A CDC report in 2014 found that 86 million Americans had pre-diabetes, and if they did not make diet and lifestyle changes, 15-20% of them would end up diabetic within the next five years. As we said earlier, the good news is that if prediabetes is caught on time is not irreversible. That’s why proper knowledge of the risk factors and regular check-ups are fundamental. Even if you are already diagnosed with prediabetes, lifestyle changes can help to reverse the condition. Eliminate as much as possible refined carbohydrates and sweets. Also substitute red meats and processed meats with whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and fatty fish. Add some physical activity to your daily routine and talk to your doctor to get back to health.Related: 7 Most Common Symptoms of Diabetes