Pre-diabetes: Are you at risk?
Are you at risk?
Diabetes Australia estimates that 2 million Australians have pre-diabetes. Left untreated, pre-diabetes can develop into Type 2 diabetes, which can have serious health consequences. Most people with pre-diabetes aren't even aware they have it. Are you one of them? Read this article to find out.
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What is pre-diabetes?Pre-diabetes means your blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough for you to be classified as diabetic. A diagnosis of pre-diabetes is a warning sign that should be heeded, as it means you are likely to develop Type 2 diabetes in the future, unless you take preventative action now.
The condition occurs when your insulin (the hormone that helps convert sugars from food into energy) is not working properly and can't move the glucose from the blood into the cells where it needs to be. This is known as insulin resistance.
Do you have pre-diabetes?
Being overweight increases your risk of pre-diabetes
If you answered "yes" to two or more of these questions, you are at risk for pre-diabetes.
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