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could i have pre-diabetes and not know it?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Yes: Unlike type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetics might not have any physical signs or symptoms. That's why it's important to get your blood tested if you are an "at risk" population: family history of diabetes, obese/overweight, age > 45 or high risk race: african-american, native american, latinos, Asian american/pacific islanders.
Dr. Jenni Ramsey
Pharmacology 16 years experience
Yes: Yes, it is possible. It is wise for all adults to have a fasting blood glucose level checked once yearly to screen for diabetes.

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How do I know if I have pre-diabetes?

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Why do I need to know if I have pre-diabetes?

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