Can we reverse prediabetes?

Medically Reviewed by Dr Sravya, MBBS, MS 

Have you been diagnosed with prediabetes and now in a state of dilemma as to what next? The question of ‘Can this be reversed?’ must be wandering in your head. We could take measures to reverse prediabetes but we need to make some lifestyle changes as well as some precautions to prevent it from turning into diabetes type 2. We need to be aware of the symptoms so that it can be detected early and we can prevent ourselves from life threatening health issues.

Reverse prediabetes

Prediabetes is a condition in which the blood sugar level increases but doesn’t rise high enough to be considered as diabetes type 2. Blood glucose levels in prediabetes are around 100-125mg/dl. Levels of blood glucose higher than this range is considered diabetes.This condition, if not diagnosed and treated early can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, kidney damage, and nerve damage.

What are the causes of prediabetes?

Even though the exact cause of prediabetes is unknown, there are certain predisposing factors that are considered risk factors. 

Given below is the list of these risk factors.

What are the symptoms of prediabetes?

Pancreas is an organ situated behind the stomach and it performs endocrine as well as exocrine functions. It regulates blood sugar levels by secreting the hormone insulin, glucagon, somatostatin, and pancreatic polypeptide. During prediabetes the body does not absorb insulin secreted by the pancreas as well as there is reduced insulin secretion. Insulin is a hormone that sends the message throughout the body to absorb sugar and use it for energy. In prediabetes, the body becomes reluctant to insulin and therefore the sugar is not absorbed by the cells resulting in high blood sugar levels.

During prediabetes, the body does not show any signs or symptoms but in few individuals, it might show the following symptoms:

Which tests do you need to take for early detection of prediabetes?

As most individuals with prediabetes are symptom-free, they need to keep a regular check on their blood glucose levels for early detection of prediabetes.

Following are the tests for early diagnosis of prediabetes, that can be used as a marker in gaining control of the situation: 

Are children at risk of developing prediabetes?

  • Children are not excluded from the risk of developing prediabetes. Nowadays, due to increased consumption of junk food, and unhealthy and inactive lifestyle, the problem of obesity is very common among children which is leading to the development of prediabetes and further diabetes if left untreated. Parents should monitor children’s health by involving them in physical activities and helping them to opt for healthy eating habits.

How can we reverse prediabetes?

If you are diagnosed with prediabetes then that doesn’t always mean that you will develop diabetes later. But majority of prediabetics who does not take care of their health and continue with unhealthy lifestyle are likely to be diagnosed with diabetes in the future.

Following are some steps that we need to take to prevent ourselves from getting diabetes

Conclusion

In conclusion, prediabetes affects all organs of the body and should be taken seriously. If left untreated, can lead to several life-threatening health issues including kidney failure, heart attack, etc. Lifestyle changes like losing excess weight and exercising regularly are steps that individuals can take to normalize their blood sugar and reverse prediabetes. People with prediabetes should consult a doctor for more tips and resources to reach their health goals. 

Diawhiz is an Indian Health Tech Company Which is Founded With a Motive to Control Diabetes in Multi Disciplinary Approach by a Team of Endocrinologists, Diabetologists, Psychologists, Certified Dieticians, Fitness, Yoga Trainers and Counsellors .

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Diawhiz is an Indian Health Tech Company Which is Founded With a Motive to Control Diabetes in Multi Disciplinary Approach by a Team of Endocrinologists, Diabetologists, Psychologists, Certified Dieticians, Fitness, Yoga Trainers and Counsellors .

What We Offer

Head Office

Hyderabad, India

DiaWhiz ©. All rights reserved.

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