Understanding Pre-Diabetes / Patients who come in for physicals or other check-ups can be screened for diabetes


Understanding Pre-Diabetes

Posted by Mark Hosko, MD in Medical Education 26 Aug 2013

Many patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes express surprise and shock that the disease seemed to sneak up on them out of nowhere. The truth is, however, that the blood glucose levels in these individuals have been above the normal range for quite some time. Research has indicated that a lot of damage to the body resulting from diabetes, including significant damage to the cardiovascular and circulatory systems, actually occurred during this pre-diabetic stage.


Pre-diabetes is the precursor to diabetes. Other than having actual blood glucose measurements in hand, most people who have pre-diabetes and even diabetes may have few if any symptoms, and frequently those symptoms may not be recognized. Symptoms of pre-diabetes may include feeling extreme, unexplained fatigue; frequent or recurring infections; cuts and bruises that heal slowly; tingling or numbness in the extremities; blurry vision; needing to urinate frequently; and being unusually thirsty.


Portland Urgent Care patients who come in for physicals or other check-ups can be screened for diabetes.


It is not guaranteed that you will develop type 2 diabetes if you are pre-diabetic, but a family history of diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and belonging to certain high-risk ethnic and minority groups makes the risk of developing diabetes more likely.


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