Borderline Diabetes—Should You Be Worried?

Diabetes is a disease that results from a complication, making it hard to detect at the onset. Borderline diabetes, or pre-diabetes, exhibits almost zero symptoms.  There is no real diagnosis done by doctors that detect borderline diabetes.

Borderline diabetes is the state of your body when it’s not quite diabetic yet but is getting there. If you identify signs of borderline diabetes early enough, you can act accordingly and avail a health care professional’s assistance. Stated below are the few symptoms that may imply borderline diabetes.

Symptoms

Borderline DiabetesThe first sign of borderline diabetes is a higher-than-average amount of sugar in the bloodstream that does not quite reach type 2 diabetes levels. This happens when your body starts rejecting insulin, the hormone produced by the pancreas that makes cells absorb sugar.

Without insulin, sugar will stay and accumulate in the bloodstream and cells will not be refueled. These high sugar levels give rise to other symptoms that slowly wear down the body.

Symptoms of borderline diabetes manifest in the form of adverse changes in your bodily functions. Some examples are frequent urination and periodic thirst, caused by your kidneys’ reaction to high blood sugar levels. The kidneys get so weighed down that it’s forced to excrete excess blood sugar by absorbing water from the other parts of your body, and ejects the excess sugar with it when you urinate.

Even when you drink more water, you will just urinate more, in response. The low levels or absence of insulin prevents the refueling of cells, resulting in frequent hunger. Eating more solves nothing and just aggravates the blood sugar issue, leaving you hungry in the end.

What You Should Be On the Lookout For

Dehydration due to high sugar levels unsurprisingly leads to dry mouths, dry genitalia skin, and itching. Constant fatigue is a symptom caused by the combined effects of dehydration and lack of insulin. Obese people exhibit a unique borderline diabetes symptom called Acanthosis nigricans, the dark skin pigmentation caused by insulin resistance.

Some symptoms are more alarming than others, due to the permanent organ damage they can deal. High blood sugar levels can damage the lenses of the eyes and develop cataracts. They can also harm the nerves of your hands and feet, leading to numbness, tingling, proneness to injury, and foot ulcers. The genitalia’s nerves and blood vessels can also suffer from high blood sugar levels, leading sexual dysfunction.

The worst symptom of borderline diabetes is probably the slow rate of healing. Since cells cannot absorb sugar, they become unable to perform their tasks and eventually die. This means that when your body sustains either external or internal damage, the cells may not heal fast enough to prevent life-threatening conditions from happening.

When you experience some of these symptoms but you’re not supposed to, immediately contact a credible health professional to check if you have borderline diabetes. If you know someone who suffers from these symptoms, have him/her checked too. Healthcare professionals can offer options that give long-term diabetes prevention by treating borderline diabetes early.