Prediabetes is a condition where your blood sugar level is above the acceptable amount. If not checked, prediabetes will eventually advance to type 2 diabetes.
The good news, however, is that prediabetes isn’t diabetes and with a change in your routine and lifestyle, you can get your blood sugar back to a normal level.
Several things cause prediabetes and the biggest culprit of all is excess body fat.
Yet, some people might develop prediabetes and they have normal or lean weight, so what is the logic here?
Body fat isn’t bodyweight – they are two different things.
There are two different types of fat in the body: Visceral fat and Subcutaneous fat.
Subcutaneous Fat -vs- Visceral Fat
Subcutaneous fat is the visible fat under the skin and it is quite harmless while Visceral fat is the one around the abdominal cavity and the organs. Visceral fat can be harmful too.
So if you are lean in body weight, it doesn’t necessarily mean you do not have visceral fat in your body, and so you can get prediabetes too.
The most effective way of preventing prediabetes is by knowing your body composition.
The most effective way of preventing prediabetes is by knowing your body composition. A machine that can help you monitor your lean mass along with your visceral fat and spot where they are in your body.
While there is equipment that can check your body composition, none can read as accurately as the DEXA body composition scanner.
The DEXA scan will assess the bone and muscle density and also check the percentage of subcutaneous and visceral fat.
By getting information on the amount of fat in your body, you can easily detect if you are at risk of metabolic diseases like prediabetes and type-A diabetes.
If you do develop prediabetes, there are a host of things you can do to bring your blood sugar level back to normal but a DEXA scan may prevent you from even developing it in the first place.