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Diabetes and prediabetes can often arise without any clear symptoms. In some cases, a person's body shape can be a clue. Carrying an excess amount of weight around the waist or having an apple-shaped figure has been linked to prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.
Symptoms of Prediabetes
The warning signs of uncontrolled diabetes include:
Unexplained weight loss
Numbness or tingling sensations in the hands and feet
Waist size: According to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, women who have a waist measurement of more than 35 inches, and men whose waist size is more than 40 inches, are particularly at risk for diabetes.
Dark patches of skin that develop behind the neck and on the elbows or knees (the result of having excess insulin in the body)
Prediabetes Symptoms in Women
Women may experience some other symptoms as well
Excess facial and body hair
Irregular menstrual cycles
If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor. It is important to manage prediabetes so you can prevent it from progressing to type 2 diabetes. Learn more about prediabetes treatment.