Prediabetes means that your blood sugar level is higher than it should be. But not yet high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Without intervention, prediabetes is likely to become type 2 diabetes in 10 years or less.
If you have prediabetes, you should know that it can lead to potentially harmful conditions for your heart and circulatory system.
- Prediabetes symptoms
- Severe thirst
- Increased urination
- Chronic fatigue
- Fast weight loss
- Increased appetite
- Vision problems
- Sores that heal very slowly or don’t heal at all.
But, there is another way to diagnose prediabetes. The following steps are a short guide that will help you diagnose this condition in less than 1 minute with the help of your fingers and by answering some simple questions.
- Hold up one finger in case you are a man and don’t hold up any fingers is you are a woman.
- Try holding up one finger in case you are older than forty, two fingers in case you are over fifty, three fingers if you are over sixty and none in cases you are younger than 40 years.
- Hold up one finger if you think that you are not very physically active and none in case you think that you get enough exercise.
- It could be that you hold up one finger in case someone in your family is dealing with diabetes and don’t hold up any fingers in case any of them has such problems now or in the past.
- Hold up one finger if you are dealing with hypertension and none if your blood pressure is stable and normal.
- And finally, hold up three fingers in case you are obese, two fingers in case you are overweight, one finger if you are just a little bit overweight and none in case you have normal body weight.
If you hold all five fingers, then there is a good chance that you have pre-diabetes.
This type of diagnosis makes use of the factors that most researchers believe are linked to an increased risk of diabetes. Although this does not necessarily mean, most experts believe that this is a good way to assess.
Once you are finished with this test, you should determine how many fingers you are holding up. In case there are five or more fingers, then you are probably dealing with prediabetes.
The self-diagnosis we are promoting here is linked to the factors that contribute to the development of diabetes.
If there is a chance that you are pre-diabetic, you should get a blood test to determine how much risk you have of developing diabetes. If it turns out to have a significant risk, try to make some changes in lifestyle that will help to lower blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
Although it is not completely precise, many experts suggest that this is a great way to measure the risk of diabetes.