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Precursors to Prediabetes

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Prediabetes,” as it’s known, is when your fasting blood glucose levels are elevated but not yet at the point where full-blown diabetes can be diagnosed. According to the association, in 2012 prediabetes was found in 86 million Americans over the age of 20. This is a significant jump from 79 million just 2-years prior. Here are 12 common signs of prediabetes that aren’t so sweet, but can be turned around with the right measures…

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Darkened Skin

The Mayo Clinic said that while prediabetes doesn’t always have obvious signs, one possible risk factor for type 2 diabetes is darkened patches of skin on the neck and joints. This condition is referred to as acanthosis nigricans.

The clinic said the darkened skin can also become thicker than normal. In some cases, this condition can also be a warning sign of a cancerous tumor of an internal organ, so have your doctor check you out either way.

Lack of Exercise

Lack of physical activity is generally bad for us overall and can also lead to mental illnesses such as depression. Prevention notes that, while 1 in 3 Americans have prediabetes, a change in diet can do wonders. The sugar-filled foods you eat can eventually become more resistant to the hormone that regulates glucose in the body that is secreted by your pancreas. Meaning it can tap out and not control your blood sugar at a certain point.

However, while diet helps control your blood sugar, Prevention says that a study in Finland showed subjects who exercised regularly dropped their risk of diabetes by as much as 70-percent compared to inactive subjects. The article suggests interval training (low-intensity exercise with some high-impact moves mixed in) is best for glucose (blood sugar) control.


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