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Learn about a host of diabetes-related topics such as how many Americans suffer from this disease to how to easily adjust to a new diet after diagnoses. This section will provide you with the information you need to make informed dietary decisions regarding diabetes.

8 Early Warning Signs of Prediabetes

Unfortunately, physical signs and symptoms of prediabetes may go absent and unnoticed until a diabetes diagnosis. Fortunately, though, prediabetes can be reversed and halted if caught.

8 Early Warning Signs of Prediabetes

Unhealthy weights are a major health concern in the United States, with more than two-thirds of the population being categorized as overweight and obese based on body mass index (BMI). However, excess weight should not be viewed negatively due to distorted body image through society standards. Instead, the focus should be on the health complications that can arise. Individuals who are overweight and obese have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a chronic disease that needs lifelong management. Although type 2 diabetes is irreversible, prediabetes can be. Despite the oftentimes absence of physical, noticeable symptoms, there are prediabetes warning signs and risk factors.

8 Risk Factors and Early Signs You Might Be Prediabetic

1. Genetics

Unfortunately, our genes cannot be changed. A family history of diabetes grows the risk of diabetes. If a family history of diabetes is present, stay aware of the potential development to arise.

2. Age

Like previously expressed, some risk factors are unchangeable. Although some may wish to turn off that aging button, growing in age is inevitable. With increased age, comes an increased risk of diabetes. Specifically, a greater opportunity for diabetes development comes around age 45.

3. Race

Certain races and ethnicities are more at risk of developing diabetes than others. They include African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander.

4. History of Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is the development of diabetes in pregnancy. Some women may even be at a healthy weight regardless of their diagnosis. Following birth, blood sugar levels often stabilize. However, women with a history of gestational diabetes or birthing a baby over nine pounds are at an increased risk of developing diabetes.

5. Overweight

Weight is a serious risk factor for developing diabetes. Unlike the risk factors that cannot be modified, weight oftentimes can be. "Oftentimes," as some individuals may have a genetic disposition or health condition that may interfere with weight loss despite a healthy diet and moderate exercise. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk of diabetes.

6. Energy Loss

Feeling a little extra tired despite a full night's sleep? A lack of energy may be a side effect of prediabetes. The body loses that precious glucose through the urine since the body's cells cannot utilize it as energy. The result may lead to possible fatigue and blurred vision.

7. Increased Urination and Thirst

Since the cells are not grabbing glucose, the glucose remains in the blood and contributes to high blood sugar. In turn, the body increases urine production. Frequent urination ultimately leads to fluid lose and dehydration, thus frequent thirst.

8. Darkened Skin

A condition known as acanthosis nigricans may be a likely sign of prediabetes. Acanthosis nigricans is characterized by dark skin patches with a thick, velvety textures. The areas tend to be in body folds and creases such as the neck and armpits.

Unfortunately, physical signs and symptoms may go absent and unnoticed until a diabetes diagnosis. Fortunately, though, prediabetes can be reversed and halted if caught. Despite some risk factors that are unmodifiable, a healthy lifestyle can reduce the chance for development. Diet and exercise play a huge role in its reversal, especially when weight loss is achieved.

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