Signs of Pre-Diabetes

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Signs of Pre-Diabetes

What is pre-diabetes?

Pre-diabetes is when blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes.

If you have pre-diabetes, then you are at 10 to 20 times greater risk of going on to develop type 2 diabetes. If you have been told you have pre-diabetes, it is important to make lasting changes to your lifestyle, including healthy eating, exercising and losing weight, to prevent type 2 diabetes as well as its complications.

What are the signs of pre-diabetes?

There are normally no symptoms of pre-diabetes — most people find out they have it if their doctor orders a blood test. This might happen because they are at risk of pre-diabetes (see below).

See your doctor if you have any signs that your pre-diabetes has moved on to type 2 diabetes, including:

  • Increased thirst.
  • Frequent urination.
  • Increased hunger.
  • Fatigue.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Numbness or tingling in the feet or hands.
  • Frequent infections.
  • Slow-healing sores.

Who is at risk of pre-diabetes?

The risk factors for pre-diabetes are the same as those for type 2 diabetes. They include:

  • being overweight, especially if your waist measures more than 94cm for men and more than 80cm for women
  • having an inactive lifestyle
  • having low HDL (good) cholesterol and also high triglycerides
  • having high blood pressure
  • having a family history of type 2 diabetes or heart disease
  • having gestational diabetes during pregnancy
  • having polycystic ovary syndrome
  • being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or from the Pacific Islands, Māori or from Asia (including the Indian sub-continent)
Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? One of our chiropodist/podiatrist can assist and then recommend what treatment options are best to get you back on track.
Schedule an appointment here or you may call us at 44 (0) 207 101 4000. 📞


We hope you have a feetastic day! 👣☀️

-The Chelsea Clinic and Team




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