Most people almost always have a ‘warning sign’ before they are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. What’s their warning sign? It’s prediabetes.
What is prediabetes?
Prediabetes is when “blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes” according to the American Diabetes Association. The good news is there are ways you can prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes if you catch your prediabetes.
There are three different tests that can be done to test for prediabetes, they are the AC1 test, the fasting plasma glucose test (FPG), or the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). In these tests, the blood glucose levels are measured to determine whether you have prediabetes or diabetes.
If your blood glucose level is abnormal following the FPG, you have impaired fasting glucose (IFG); if your blood glucose level is abnormal following the OGTT, you have impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). Both are also known as prediabetes.
So you did the test, what happens if you have it?
The good news is that you can prevent the development of type 2 diabetes by making changes in your diet, exercising regularly and staying in communication with your doctor. Also, losing weight can help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
If you have more questions about prediabetes, contact your doctor.