How long does it take for someone to develop diabetes?

If you're someone who is concerned about diabetes, you may be wondering how long it takes for someone to actually develop the disease. Needless to say, it's difficult to predict when any one individual will develop full-blown symptoms associated with diabetes. However, emerging medical research strongly suggests that people who are pre-diabetic have a 75% chance of developing full-blown diabetes within 12 months or less.

You may be wondering, what exactly does it mean to be pre-diabetic? In a nutshell, it basically means that the amount of sugar in your blood is just beneath the threshold considered by most medical experts to be that at which point you'd be deemed to have diabetes. In other words, you're right below the threshold. That's why it's not surprising that there is an approximately 75% chance of developing full-blown diabetes within 12 months or less.

The good news is that you can influence whether or not your body reverses some of the diabetic symptoms that you are experiencing, or if you ultimately become fully diabetic. Something else to remember is that when we talk about reversing the effects of diabetes, we're generally referring to type II diabetes.

At this juncture, what probably makes the most sense is to visit your doctor to get a simple blood test administered to determine where your blood sugar levels are at. To the extent it's determined that you are pre-diabetic, then you need to make some immediate adjustments to what you're eating, and the amount of exercise you're getting.

The most important thing for you to understand is that your overall health and wellness is something that you have a lot of influence over. If you're somebody who's leading a fairly sedentary lifestyle, and you know that you're really not watching what you're eating, then you can have a much higher chance of having to deal with diabetic symptoms.


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