What are the Early Signs of Diabetes?

The early signs of diabetes, referred to as prediabetes, include having high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, having a sedentary lifestyle (not being active for at least 150 minutes per week), having polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and being African-American, Native American, or Pacific Islander.

But among all of the signs, the biggest one is being overweight. You're much more likely to have prediabetes (also known as impaired glucose intolerance), if your BMI (your body mass index) is above 30. 

Other signs and symptoms:

· Your family history of diabetes. Check for "signs" in your family tree by thinking about who in your direct family had Type 2 Diabetes.

· Whether you have ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure. That's a strong sign of an unhealthy, prediabetic lifestyle.

· Your age (the older you get, the more likely you are to get a prediabetes).

· Your race/ethnicity.

· Whether you are physically active (being inactive contributes to signs of an unhealthy, prediabetic lifestyle).

· If you are a woman, whether you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes

The best initial approach to managing prediabetes is to refer patients to a behavioral weight-loss program, which the American Diabetes Association recommends. These programs are based on research on the Diabetes Prevention Program, which provides education and support for weight loss and exercise over an entire year and has been shown to reduce participants' development of Diabetes by 58%.

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What is Lark?

A new study reveals that artificial intelligence mobile app Lark could be a useful tool to help patients with Prediabetes prevent Type 2 diabetes. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, showed that patients at risk of Type 2 diabetes who had Prediabetes and who used the Lark Weight Loss Health Coach, dropped their baseline weight and increase their percentage of healthy meals eaten by 31 percent. 

Prediabetes symptoms are a sign that your body is asking for help. Even without symptoms of prediabetes, you may have risk factors for prediabetes or diabetes, and it could be time to act. Instead of ignoring the symptoms, use your prediabetes symptoms as motivation to get healthy, and know that help is available.

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