If your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but still not high enough to be classifies as type 2 diabetes, than you probably have pre-diabetes.
This condition, if not treated in time, can easily become type 2 diabetes in a couple of years. Also, it can cause other health conditions like problems with circulation and the heart.
The most common symptoms of pre-diabetes:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Chronic fatigue
- Problems with vision
- Often need to urinate
- Severe thirst
- Increased appetite
- Sores that can`t heal
Another way to diagnose pre-diabetes includes a few steps using your fingers. It takes less than a minute and gives certain answers.
If you are male, hold up one finger; if you are a female, don`t hold up any fingers.
Also, if you are older than 40- hold up one finger, if you are older than 50- hold up two fingers, and if you are older than 60- hold up three fingers. Individuals younger than 40 shouldn`t hold up any fingers.
If you are physically inactive- hold up one finger.
If someone in your family has or had diabetes- hold up one finger.
If you are suffering from hypertension- hold up one finger.
If you are obese- hold up 3 fingers; in case you are overweight- hold up 2 fingers; people who are only a bit overweight should hold up 1 finger.
If you are holding all 5 fingers, it`s most likely that you are pre-diabetic, because you have most of the risk factors linked to diabetes. This way of diagnosis is not 100% sure, but it`s a good way to determine if you are in the risk group.
At the end of the test, if you are holding up more than 5 fingers, you probably have pre-diabetes. If you think you might have it, get a blood test to determine the real risk of developing diabetes.
In case the test discovers that the chances are real and high, it is advisable to make some lifestyle changes which can lower the blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of diabetes. Eat healthier food and exercise more, avoid sugar and alcohol, or any food that can increase the levels of sugar in your blood.
This way of self-diagnosis is not precise, but it is still advised by experts.