Could You Be Prediabetic and Not Know It?

A staggering one-third of Americans are at risk for having prediabetes -- which develops into Type 2 diabetes if it’s not caught early. And the scary part is that 90% of them don’t even know they are prediabetic. If you’re one of the 84 million people who need to watch their health carefully due to prediabetes, wouldn’t it be better if you learned about your condition sooner rather than later?

At his office in Plant City, Florida, Dr. Omar Aref provides comprehensive screening for diabetes. If you have prediabetes, he’ll create a specialized plan for you to help stabilize your blood sugar levels and help you avoid developing Type 2 diabetes.

What are the early signs of prediabetes?

Well, that’s part of the problem with prediabetes, which is also called impaired glucose tolerance -- you most likely won’t have any symptoms. Or you may have vague symptoms like urinating more often or having cuts that heal slowly.

But meanwhile, without you realizing it, insulin resistance is starting to occur, meaning that your cells don’t use the insulin your pancreas produces efficiently, and your blood sugar levels stay a little bit high because all of the glucose can’t get into your cells.

Diagnosing prediabetes

The easiest way to diagnose prediabetes is with a simple blood test that measures what your blood sugar levels have averaged over the past 3 months. This blood test, called an A1C test, measures what percentage of your hemoglobin (a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen) is glycated, or combined with sugar.

Here’s how the A1C results are interpreted:

If your A1C results show you’re prediabetic, you’ll need to take action to lower your average blood glucose levels and prevent your condition from worsening into Type 2 diabetes.

Treating prediabetes

Dr. Aref is an expert at helping prediabetic patients develop a lifestyle plan that includes proper nutrition and activity to help lower your A1C and prevent prediabetes from progressing. Most people can easily lower their A1C by adapting their diet and committing to light exercise. In fact, losing just 5-10% of your body weight can make a big difference in alleviating insulin resistance.

If you suspect you could be prediabetic and want to find out more, contact our office at (813)591-5672 for a consultation with Dr. Aref or book your appointment online today.

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