FACT: The majority of people who develop Diabetes also had Pre-Diabetic symptoms.

Knowing what these early symptoms are and how to recognise them in yourself can help you avoid a diabetic diagnosis down the road.

The term Pre-Diabetes, is medical jargon for a condition in which your fasting blood sugar levels are higher than normal, (between 100 - 126 mg/dl) but not high enough to be classified as Type-2 Diabetes. Blood sugars between these levels, do however indicate, insulin resistance, a marker which points to an eventual diagnosis of diabetes.

The Pre-Diabetic symptoms described below can develop as insulin resistance gets worse over time. Because of this association, this list could also be described as a list of insulin resistance symptoms as well.

Pre-Diabetes: More than Blood Sugar Numbers

A fasting blood sugar is between 100-125 mg/dl is indicative of Pre-Diabetes. Even without the blood results, there are a number of pre-diabetic signs, that can be spotted.

Pre-Diabetic Symptoms which can be indicative of insulin include:

  1. Heartburn, especially during sleep; a diagnosis of GERD – Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.

  2. Digestive issues. You get frequent stomach aches, and are constantly dealing with gas pain, bloating and stool issues, cycling between diarrhoea and constipation.

  3. Headaches and a sore throat that comes and goes.

  4. Breathing issues, especially at night; you may have been diagnosed with sleep apnoea.

  5. Dizzy spells and a feeling of being light headed sometimes, especially after having sweets. (This indicates reactive hypoglycaemia.)

  6. Unexplained weight gain. Your eating habits haven't changed, but suddenly you've put on 3 or more kg. In addition, you are having difficulty losing it, even when you exercise and eat less.

  7. Blurred vision that seems to be worsening, and trouble seeing at night.

  8. A constant feeling of being tired. No matter how much you sleep, or exercise to gain strength, you feel fatigued.

  9. Frequent bouts of depression for no reason. You’ll be fine, and then you feel sad all of a sudden, without any cause.

  10. Constant joint aches, and muscle and joint stiffness when you wake up in the morning. You may even have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis.

  11. Your feet burn and your toes feel numb when you stand for long periods of time.

  12. Swollen ankles, and a general feeling of puffiness or water retention, especially if you sit for long periods of time.

  13. If you don’t eat, you get really grumpy. You may also feel nauseous and shaky.

  14. Waking up in middle of the night with your heart pounding. Often you also feel nauseated or cold. It happens more often if you've been eating high sugar meals. This again indicates hypoglycaemia or low blood sugar.

  15. Constant hunger, no matter how much you eat. You often think, "How can I be hungry? I just ate!"

  16. Frequent yeast infections, and cuts or bruises you get don’t seem to heal quickly.

  17. After every meal, you really crave something sweet, even if you are already feeling full.

  18. You have elevated blood pressure and blood tests indicate you have high triglyceride levels, and low HDL cholesterol levels.

  19. The dentist tells you that have gingivitis, even though you brush and floss every day. You often wake up with a nasty taste in your mouth, even though you brush before bed.

  20. A groggy, sleepy feeling after meals, even when you have plenty of rest. You may have been embarrassed because you fell asleep at your desk at work, or during a meeting.

Having these Pre-Diabetic symptoms is a good indication you are on a path toward a diagnosis of some sort of autoimmune disease such as Celiac Disease, Gastroparesis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, or Type-2 Diabetes.

Many of these Pre-Diabetic symptoms also indicate an allergy to grain based foods, such as wheat and rye, and may be indicative of a problem with gluten sensitivity. If this is the case, then following a gluten free diet will not only help to relieve the symptoms, but may also reduce your risk of developing full blown Type-2 Diabetes.

Researchers in both the Natural and Mainstream Medicine modalities, have shown that it is possible to reverse these Pre-Diabetes symptoms by following the recommendations for reversing insulin resistance, through proper nutrition, eating organically, and adding high intensity interval exercise to your life.

If your blood sugar levels are in the Pre-Diabetic range, you may also want to consider purchasing a glucometer, so that you can start a log, to determine which foods cause your blood sugars to spike. Knowing your personal blood sugar baseline and the effects of various foods on your blood sugar is a good way to monitor your health over time and reduce your risk of Type-2 Diabetes.

A Pre-Diabetes Nutritional Program can be a powerful tool in regaining good health. To learn more about how to switch to this new way of eating, improve your health, vitality and nutritional content, and reduce your risk of Type-2 Diabetes and other Auto-Immune Diseases, contact us today, to make an appointment with one of our Qualified Practitioners.

(Disclaimer: Please note that this article is intended for information purposes only and does not make any personal claims relating to diabetes or auto-immune diseases. We recommend seeking the assistance of a Trained Professional for all your healthcare needs prior to making any dietary, exercise, medicinal, supplement or treatment changes)