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Community Q&A: Diabetic Patients’ Questions and Answers

Can prediabetes be dangerous and cause complications like diabetes does?

Prediabetes itself is not as dangerous as diabetes, but it can lead to serious health complications if left untreated or unmanaged. Prediabetes is a condition characterized by higher-than-normal blood sugar levels, but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes.

If someone has prediabetes and does not take steps to manage their blood sugar levels, it can progress to type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that can have severe complications, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, nerve damage, vision problems, and poor wound healing.

However, the good news is that prediabetes can often be reversed or prevented through lifestyle changes such as adopting a healthy diet, increasing physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and managing stress. These lifestyle modifications can help reduce the risk of developing diabetes and its associated complications.

It is important for individuals diagnosed with prediabetes to work closely with their healthcare provider to develop a personalized plan to manage their condition. Regular monitoring of blood sugar levels, making healthy lifestyle choices, and, in some cases, medication can all be part of an effective strategy to prevent the progression of prediabetes to diabetes and reduce the risk of complications.

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