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What Does Glucose Intolerance Mean? Prediabetes? Type 2 Diabetes?

You just found out you have Glucose Intolerance. What Does Glucose Intolerance Mean? Does this mean you have Prediabetes or even Type 2 Diabetes? Read on to find out… including test levels for both Prediabetes & Type 2…and how to know if you should be tested…

What Does Glucose Intolerance Mean?

Glucose Intolerance is higher than normal blood sugar levels, also known as hyperglycemia. Normally sugar is taken from your blood and sent to your cells…with Glucose Intolerance too much sugar stays in your blood causing your blood vessels to become inflamed.

This problem is very serious as glucose intolerance can contribute to or increase your risk for:

  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Dementia
  • Retinopathy (eye disease)
  • Neuropathy (nerve damage)
  • Pancreatic cancer

and many other conditions.

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There are many high risk factors for Glucose Intolerance. Find out the most common below!

Glucose Intolerance is also called —

  • Prediabetes (see test levels below)
  • Type 2 Diabetes (see test levels below)
  • Impaired Fasting Glucose
  • Impaired Glucose Tolerance

Blood Tests For Glucose Intolerance

  • Fasting Blood Glucose Test
  • Oral Glucose Tolerance Test
  • Hemoglobin A1C Test (blood test that measures how much your red blood cells are coated with sugar, no fasting necessary)

Above normal levels mean you have Glucose Intolerance which most people call Prediabetes or Type 2 Diabetes depending on your test results.

Prediabetes (U.S. testing guidelines)

  • A1C: 5.7% – 6.4%
  • Fasting Blood Glucose: 100-125 mg/dl
  • Oral Glucose Tolerance Test: 140 mg/dl – 199 mg/dl

Type 2 Diabetes (U.S. testing guidelines)

  • A1C:  6.5% or higher
  • Fasting Blood Glucose: 126 mg/dl or higher
  • Oral Glucose Tolerance Test: 200 mg/dl or higher

Glucose Tolerance High Risk Factors. Should you be tested?

If you think you might have Prediabetes or even Type 2 Diabetes…ask to be tested! Knowing where you stand makes all the difference.

“You can’t fix something if you don’t know it’s broken.”

Ask to Be Tested Right Away for Glucose Intolerance!

The most common high risk factor for Glucose Intolerance is Obesity. Don’t dismiss being overweight…it’s serious and you need to make sure you don’t have Glucose Intolerance.

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There are also other High Risk Factors for Glucose Intolerance.

  • High Blood Fats
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Family History Of Diabetes
  • Slow Healing Wounds
  • Tingling Or Numbness In Your Fingers, Hands Or Feet
  • Frequent Urination
  • Unquenchable Thirst
  • Feeling Hungry All The Time
  • Blurry Vision
  • Feeling Very Tired All The Time
  • Genital Itching
  • Thrush
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Glucose Intolerance tests are simple blood tests. You’ll  know within a few days if you need to make changes in your life and with your diet.

If you have any concerns (or any of the above) — get tested!


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About the Author Joan Pasay

As a Nutrition & Lifestyle Therapist I felt compelled to start Power In The Group. Why? To guide and support women like you with Prediabetes or Insulin Resistance so you can regain and nourish your health...without all the confusion. Together we can enjoy the richest quality of life for ourselves, with our families, and within our society...wanna come along?

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