What Is Prediabetes?

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Since November is National Diabetes Month, the staff here at Bay Podiatry Associates is working to discuss the risks, effects, and the warning signs of the disease. One huge warning sign is a condition called Prediabetes. Prediabetes is a large red flag that your body is waving, telling you that Type 2 Diabetes is on its way!

What is prediabetes?

If your blood sugar levels are starting to spike and are approaching levels that would cause a diabetic diagnosis, you are considered prediabetic. Basically, if your blood sugar is high, but not quite at the levels to be called diabetic, you have prediabetes. If you are in this situation and you don’t take proper steps to change your blood sugar situation, you’ll likely develop diabetes within 10 years.

Prediabetes can be bad news to receive. Here at Bay Podiatry, we want all of our patients to know and understand the risks associated with prediabetes, since foot complications and diabetes often go hand-in-hand.

Who is at risk for prediabetes?

The risk factors for prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes run parallel: a genetic family history of diabetes, an unhealthy, unbalanced diet, obesity, smoking, or high blood pressure are common ones.

How is prediabetes treated?

There is good news for prediabetes though: it can be reversed. Here are a few methods that we recommend to lower blood sugar levels and get back in the clear:

  • Engage in regular moderate physical activity

  • Maintain a proper weight

  • Change your diet to include better, healthier choices in healthy portions

  • Quit smoking

  • Monitor and manage your blood pressure

  • Take any medicines prescribed by your doctor

  • Monitor your blood sugar levels and discuss with your physician to ensure they’re in a healthy range

If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, call our office for more tips on getting it under control. We are here to offer our expert information about the effects of diabetes on your feet. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas has years of experience treating diabetic foot-related issues. To schedule an appointment at our Brooklyn, NY office, give us a call today at (718) 266-1986.