What are the symptoms of prediabetes in women?


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A woman who is prediabetic does not typically show signs or symptoms unless the condition develops into type 2 diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic. Indications that women have moved from prediabetic to diabetic may include fatigue, blurred vision, frequent urination and increased thirst.

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What are the symptoms of prediabetes in women?
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A woman is diagnosed as prediabetic if her blood sugar level elevates higher than normal, yet does not fit the range to be classified as type 2 diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic. When patients are diagnosed as prediabetic, physicians often recommend diet and exercise to manage blood sugar levels and prevent the onset of diabetes.

Women who are inactive, age 45 or older, or overweight are at risk for developing diabetes and may be classified as prediabetic by a physician as a precaution, according to the Mayo Clinic. Women with a family history of type 2 diabetes, women who developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy or delivered a baby 9 pounds or heavier have increased risks of being categorized as prediabetic. High blood pressure, irregular menstrual periods and excess hair growth are also considered risk factors for prediabetes.

Certain ethnic groups, such as Hispanics, American Indians, African Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have an increased risk for prediabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic. High-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels below 35 milligrams per deciliters or triglyceride levels above 250 milligrams per deciliter indicate a potential risk for prediabetes.

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