Pre-diabetes is diagnosed when your blood sugar level is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. People with pre-diabetes usually don't have any symptoms, however they are at risk of serious health consequences.
The bad news: it increases your risk of getting diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
The good news: if addressed early enough and properly, it is reversible with lifestyle changes!
Regular screening for diabetes and pre-diabetes is recommended every 3 years for those aged 40 years and above. If you are at higher risk you may need to screen earlier than this - discuss with your family doctor.
If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, lifestyle adjustments, such as a healthy diet, increasing your physical activity and losing weight can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes and its complications.
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Dr Sarah Packer is a Family Physician with a special interest in women's and children's health.