Glucose Intolerance and diabetes are not the same. If you have glucose intolerance your blood sugar levels are high but your body is still producing insulin. Insulin is the hormone that helps the body to utilize glucose but in people with glucose intolerance their does not produce enough insulin to keep the blood glucose level in the normal range.
Glucose intolerance is important because it increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
You are at risk of glucose intolerance if;
Both men and women are at risk of developing glucose intolerance and high blood sugar. Your doctor may recommend an oral glucose tolerance test to measure the sugar levels in your blood. The test can help to determine if you have diabetes or just glucose intolerance.
It's important to be aware that changes in your lifestyle and diet can help you to improve your glucose tolerance. Diet and lifestyle changes that can improve your glucose tolerance include;
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