Prediabetes is a warning sign indicating a possibility of developing diabetes if one doesn’t make timely lifestyle adjustments. It occurs when an individual’s blood sugar level is higher than normal, but not that high enough to be considered diabetes.1

There are several risk factors that increase the chances of an individual to develop prediabetes.1

Prediabetes Risk Factors

You could have prediabetes, if:1,2

Diabetes and Obesity – Prediabetes Risk Factor
  • You are overweight, obese, or carry extra weight in your belly area.
High Blood Pressure or Cholesterol Level – Prediabetes Risk Factors
  • You have a high blood pressure, a high cholesterol level, a high triglyceride (type of a body fat) level, a high level of bad cholesterol (low-density high-density lipoprotein), and a low level of good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein).
Gestational Diabetes and Pregnancy
  • You have a history of high blood sugar levels during pregnancy (also known as gestational diabetes).
Physical Inactivity – Risk Factor for Prediabetes
  • You lead a sedentary lifestyle without much physical activity.
Family History – Type 2 Diabetes, Risk Factors
  • You have a family history of type 2 variant of diabetes mellitus.
Age - Risk Factor for Prediabetes
  • You are more than 45 years of age.
Hormonal Disorder in Female, Risk Factors Prediabetes
  • You have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder, in which several cysts form in your ovaries, causing insulin resistance (inability of insulin to regulate or control the blood sugar).
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