9. Increased Thirst
Increased thirst, especially after a meal, can signal prediabetes. Your body has begun to work very hard to eliminate excess glucose from the bloodstream, and one of the ways it does this is by diluting the blood and flushing unprocessed sugar out via urine. To get that water, your body will often pull it from surrounding cells, leaving them dehydrated and you chronically thirsty.
When you are locked in this vicious cycle, you may experience dehydration no matter how much you drink. However, there is some evidence that staying properly hydrated on a daily basis can help prevent the development of prediabetes and eventually, type 2 diabetes. Water and blood sugar regulation go hand in hand.
Prediabetes is a warning sign that something must change in order to stay healthy. If, after reading our list, you find that you’re experiencing several of the warning symptoms of prediabetes, don’t panic. With proper attention, it is still reversible. The first step is to make an appointment with your doctor to be assessed. He or she can provide helpful advice on diet and other preventative steps.
We recommend laying out a series of small, sustainable changes that you can build upon. Start by drinking more water every day and taking the stairs instead of the elevator whenever you can. Then cut out sodas, or fast food meals, or your sugary bedtime snack. Find a workout buddy. Experiment with new fruits and vegetables.
It’s not easy, but renewing your commitment to yourself and your health can turn the tide and send prediabetes packing.