Prediabetes is the state where your blood glucose is not high enough to be considered as diabetes, but it’s higher than standard targets.
If you don’t adopt lifestyle modifications at this stage, you have a high risk of transitioning to type 2 diabetes over some time. And even during this phase, diabetes can affect your heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes, etc. But this is a reversible phase.
Usually, Prediabetes doesn’t have many symptoms.
Warning signs of Prediabetes ?
1. If you notice darkening and thickening of the skin around your neck, axilla, knees, knuckles, face, etc., which is known as acanthosis nigricans, it’s a sign that you have developed insulin resistance and you may be having Prediabetes.
Acanthosis Nigricans on the Armpit
Acanthosis Nigricans on the neck
Acanthosis nigricans (acral )
2. The presence of multiple small skin growths with a stalk known as skin tags, if present in your neck and axilla, also shows the presence of insulin resistance.
Picture of Skin tags on neck
3. Being overweight with a large waist size puts you at risk for insulin resistance. Similarly, a positive family history of diabetes, a sedentary lifestyle, drinking sugar-sweetened beverages, and eating more processed meat with fewer fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will place you at risk.
4. Hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) symptoms like a feeling of hunger, anxiety, sweating, headache, fatigue, shaking of hands, etc. that develop within 2-4 hours of eating is a classic symptom that people with Prediabetes complain.