Pre-diabetes is a term that we are reading about more and more these days. What is it? It may seem confusing, but it is not. In fact, I am surprised that we have not heard more about it.
The diagnosis of type 2 diabetes has usually rested on finding elevated blood sugar levels. Several blood sugar tests have been used to establish the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. The two most common are the fasting and post meal blood sugar tests.
Gradually, there is a growing interest in what might be going on in the body prior to the point at which the blood sugar test becomes abnormal. And of course, what can we do about it?
Pre-Diabetes is the condition of the body that precedes the official diagnosis of type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes does not strike fast like lightning. It takes years to develop. During pre-diabetes, there are progressive pathological changes in the cells that are found to a greater extent later in full-blown type 2 diabetes. I am hesitant to use the term early diabetes which up until now meant something other than pre-diabetes.
Very recently, researchers have suggested that the blood sugar indeed rises a little in response to a condition called insulin resistance that is common to many conditions. Insulin resistance means that there is an increased level of insulin in the body and with it comes the inability of the body to process sugar circulating in the blood. As a result, a person’s blood sugar level begins to creep up and stay up. This we can measure with the standard blood tests for diabetes.
If you are concerned about diabetes now or in the future, you need to take into consideration that you or a loved one may have insulin resistance and could be showing early signs of diabetes.. If you have had a test for diabetes and it came back normal, you are not off the hook. You could have pre-diabetes.
Confused? No need to be. We are broadening our understanding of diabetes and this should help us fight this dreaded condition.
You need to keep up with the latest developments, latest news and secrets about pre-diabetes. You need a proven and effective source of information that is up-to-date. Next, here is how you can do your part to fight back against diabetes, insulin resistance and all the consequences of abnormal sugar metabolism.