RISK FACTORS FOR PREDIABETES

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

RISK FACTORS FOR PREDIABETES

You could have prediabetes, if:1,2

  • You are overweight, obese, or carry extra weight in your belly area.
  • 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).
  • You have a history of high blood sugar levels during pregnancy (also known as gestational diabetes).
  • You lead a sedentary lifestyle without much physical activity.
  • You have a family history of type 2 variant of diabetes mellitus.
  • You are more than 45 years of age.
  • 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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