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  • How does a person become pre-diabetic

    I know what type 2 diabetes is, but how does one become pre-diabetic. I suppose to be more accurate I mean, how much sugar do you need to consume before your insulin stops working right? Are certain people at a higher risk of this (beyond just being obese) because of genetics or can anyone become diabetic?

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    I think if you have it in your family you're at a greater risk. That said, if you're overweight and or obese you are at a higher risk...also I think if you eat way too much sugar it's not good for you. These are just guesses, honestly, but I'm pretty sure all this is the case for type-2 diabetes.

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      No one really knows how it happens. Family history and genetics seems to increase a person's risk as does a lack of physical activity and being overweight with excess fat around your abdomen. Essentially, if you are prediabetic, your body cannot process sugar properly anymore.

      Essentially, at the moment, the factors that they think (but it has not been proven) that can lead to prediabetes in some people are:

      Being overweight
      Larger waist size
      Inactivity
      Age (risk increases after 45)
      Gastrointestinal diabetes (women who have this when pregnant increase their risk and their child's risk of becoming prediabetic)
      Smoking
      Regular disruptive sleep

      Of course, if you are worried, the best thing to do is to go to your doctor and have yourself checked out.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by legendarytroy View Post
        No one really knows how it happens. Family history and genetics seems to increase a person's risk as does a lack of physical activity and being overweight with excess fat around your abdomen. Essentially, if you are prediabetic, your body cannot process sugar properly anymore.

        Essentially, at the moment, the factors that they think (but it has not been proven) that can lead to prediabetes in some people are:

        Being overweight
        Larger waist size
        Inactivity
        Age (risk increases after 45)
        Gastrointestinal diabetes (women who have this when pregnant increase their risk and their child's risk of becoming prediabetic)
        Smoking
        Regular disruptive sleep

        Of course, if you are worried, the best thing to do is to go to your doctor and have yourself checked out.
        I think legendarytroy meant gestational diabetes (easy typo). But yes, I agree with all that was said. You have a higher risk if you're obese/overweight and older, if you have diabetes when you're pregnant, if your mother had diabetes while you were pregnant. If you are worried about your risks or just want to know, see your doc, let them know you're concerns and get some blood work done. It's far better to put your mind at ease.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by lia View Post

          I think legendarytroy meant gestational diabetes (easy typo). But yes, I agree with all that was said. You have a higher risk if you're obese/overweight and older, if you have diabetes when you're pregnant, if your mother had diabetes while you were pregnant. If you are worried about your risks or just want to know, see your doc, let them know you're concerns and get some blood work done. It's far better to put your mind at ease.
          Yes! I was going to say the same thing. If you are very concerned for you or for someone else, don't just worry about it, actually make an appointment with your doctor and get tested. If it turns out that you should be concerned it is far better to start treating the problem now than to let it go unchecked and get worse.

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