9 Symptoms of Prediabetes to Watch For

Prediabetes is an indication that a person predisposed to get type 2 diabetes. It is sometimes called borderline diabetes, and it is a condition that may lead to type 2 diabetes. It is also sometimes referred to by some doctors as insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance, or impaired fasting glucose. Depending on each case, various people display various symptoms of prediabetes. A person might not necessarily suffer all the symptoms listed but will experience one or a combination of them. Some often show no symptoms. Most will have little to very mild symptoms that often go unnoticed. Symptoms include

Urinating often

Often an increase in the rate one goes to the bathroom is a telltale sign of the potential onset of pre-diabetes. Although there might be another underlying issue at hand, for instance, a change in weather or increase fluid intake if the number and frequency of bathroom stop rise, it might be time to check at the doctors whether pre diabetes is the problem. One should, therefore, note mentally the number of times you go to the bathroom. An increase of one or two is nothing to be worried about, but anything above that consistently is not a good sign.

Thirsty Feeling

The urge to ingest more fluids even though you just partook of it recently is another symptom of Prediabetes. The call is often uncontrollable, and one ends up yearning for fluids. Any increased instances of this are your body signaling; there might be a potential problem brewing. 

Feeling Hungry

An uncontrollable urge to eat or a perennial call to gorge down food might be another symptom of Prediabetes. Although this can be misconstrued as been hungry, if it is consistent, then it needs to be checked out. Usually, the urge disappears after a while after one has eaten food. If this issue persists, though, one needs to have it checked out.

Darkened skin

A possible symptom is darkened skin on some areas of the body. These affected areas include the armpits, the neck, the elbows, the knuckles, and the knees. While a bruise or chaffing might be the cause of this increased darkening of the skin, it is essential to ensure that this is checked regularly if the problem persists. 

Extreme Fatigue

This is another potential symptom of Prediabetes. A feeling of extreme fatigue is often another thing that is experienced. While fatigue is common, especially after a long hard day of work or chores, a recurring feeling of tiredness daily is not normal. Usually, the older one gets, the harder it is to recover from strenuous activity. However, the human body is a fascinating thing. After repeatedly doing said, activity daily will adapt, and one will no longer feel as tired at the end of the event. However, if after an activity, one has a tired feeling that is extremely out of place, it might potentially be a symptom of an underlying problem.

Blurry Vision

Although vision sometimes fades due to age in some instances that might be a symptom of Prediabetes. The vision that was previously 20/20 and seems to fade and blur is a huge warning. Ideally, your vision should not be blurry in bits and pieces. One should always maintain good habits like staying away from direct light and avoiding irritants to eliminate a potential source of a false diagnosis. Therefore seeing an optician ensure that the blurry vision is not because of unrelated sight issues is essential. 

Bruises and Wounds that heal slowly

Bruises, wounds, and bumps that take longer than usual to heal are another potential symptom that needs to be looked at critically. While healing times vary from person to person, it is essential to ensure that it is not taking longer than usual. If it does, you need to seek medical advice. 

Weight Loss

Sudden weight loss is another symptom of pre diabetes. Any unexplained weight loss not caused by an illness or dieting is another potential symptom. It is vital to keep track of your weight by having regular weigh-ins. A monthly or bi-monthly record of the weight gained or lost is an effective way of checking for any variation of your weight.

A tingling pain or numbness in the hands or the feet.

Although this is also a symptom of Type 2 diabetes, some people will experience this sensation before they get type 2 diabetes. Dull pain or some discomfort is usually what signals the potential onset of Prediabetes.

All in all, it is essential to get tested for pre-diabetes often. The symptoms above might and are usually mild but might be a potential red flag of the onset of pre diabetes. The early discovery of pre diabetes might help in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes by making life changes. This can be done by exercising regularly, eating and maintaining a healthy diet, losing or gaining and preserving a certain body weight.

However, the good news is that prediabetes is very reversible. Therefore, taking healthy foods, including bodily activity in your everyday routine as well as retaining a healthy weight, can be of great help in bringing back the levels of your blood sugar to normal. The similar lifestyle changes which can aid in preventing the progression of prediabetes to diabetes in adults can as well help to bring back to normal the blood sugar levels in children too