What are the signs and symptoms of prediabetes?

By Dr. Priyanka Wali

Prediabetes is considered to be one of the most insidious precursors to diabetes because it may not have any signs or symptoms. This is why it is so important to do diagnostic blood tests checking a fasting glucose or hemoglobin A1c (Hba1c) test to establish a diagnosis of prediabetes.  Many people who have prediabetes (which affects 84 million adults in the U.S.) do not have any symptoms. By the time symptoms occurs, the diagnosis has usually already progressed to diabetes. There are some rare situations in which an individual can present with diabetes-related complications such as a retinal bleed, neuropathy or even a stroke, while only having a diagnosis of prediabetes.

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    Pre-diabetes has symptoms, doctors weren’t taught what they are:
    Build up of callouses on the feet & cracked heels.
    Super sensitive toes, but a frequent complaint of stubbing a toe (early sign of loss of nerve sensation).
    Gaining weight despite eating less (just not knowing you’re eating incorrectly)
    Dry skin patches on the elbow joint that don’t disappear with moisturizing.
    Hair loss (poor vitamin absorption) or thin hair
    Loss teeth (poor vitamin absorption)
    Leg cramping/joint aches (could be from eating certain processed foods)
    Itching (especially after fruits) could mean too much sugar
    Yeast overgrowth causing extreme vaginal itching


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