What is it?

After you eat, your body breaks down food into glucose, a type of sugar. A hormone called insulin helps your body absorb glucose. If your body can’t make enough insulin or the insulin does not work properly, you may develop diabetes.

Pre-diabetes is a condition that occurs before type 2 diabetes. If not well managed, diabetes can cause heart attack and stroke. It can also damage the eyes, nerves, and kidneys.

The fact that you don’t have type 2 diabetes yet is good news, though. It means it’s not too late to get healthy.

 

What will my GP do?

Your GP will help you make lifestyle changes including:

  • Weight loss
  • Physical activity
  • Changes to diet
  • Stopping smoking

Your GP will check other heart risks including blood pressure and
cholesterol.

 

What will my GP do in the future?

Your GP will see you every 3-6 months for check-ups.

Your GP will organise another glucose test in 12 months, unless you develop symptoms of diabetes earlier.

Symptoms of diabetes include increased thirst, urinating more, and blurred vision.

 

What can I do?

Your health is in your hands. Here’s how you can stay healthy and reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes or heart disease:

  • Follow your GP’s advice about healthy eating
  • Speak to your GP about a referral to a support service
  • Attend group education classes
  • Ask questions if you’re not sure about anything