Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. It causes blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease and other health problems if it’s not controlled. Approximately 84 million American adults are living with prediabetes, so it’s important to know diabetes warning signs.
Prediabetes is a serious health condition because your blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes. It’s serious because nearly half of all people living with prediabetes develop diabetes within 10 years. What’s even scarier is of those with prediabetes, 90 percent don’t know they have it and they are at risk for other health issues like high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.
The good news is you don’t have to let it get that far. You can dramatically decrease your risk by recognizing risk factors and making some lifestyle changes. Here are the diabetes warning signs to look out for and how to reduce your risk of developing the disease.