Borderline diabetes is now technically referred to as pre-diabetes. At this stage you are not considered to actually have diabetes; you are on the edge or borderline. Most people with this condition do not know that they have it. Borderline diabetes is detected through a blood test. The blood test reveals that your blood sugar is higher than what is considered to be normal, but not high enough to be considered diabetes. It is very possible that you may have type 2 diabetes if you are experiencing diabetic symptoms. It is of extreme importance that you see your doctor if you are having symptoms that include being excessively thirsty, urinating more often than usual, eating more than what is normal, and experiencing unusual weight loss, excessive tiredness and slow healing.
Thirst and Urination
Excessive thirst is caused by too much sugar in the bloodstream that is not being processed. Your kidneys are struggling to rid your body of the sugar through your urine. Constant urination can lead to dehydration. It is the dehydration that causes you to be excessively thirsty.
Extreme or excessive hunger related to diabetes is caused by your body's inability to absorb sugar or glucose into your cells. Your pancreas secretes insulin to help break down glucose so that your body can use it for energy. When your blood sugar levels are too high, your body will also increase the output of insulin. It is the increase in insulin that causes excessive hunger.
With diabetes, your body is not able to use the calories that you get from eating food. The end result is that you lose weight regardless of the amount of food that you eat. Another factor that can result in weight loss is dehydration. Dehydration will cause a loss of muscle mass.
Feeling fatigued or constantly tired is due to your body not being able to use blood sugar for your source of energy. Your body is forced to rely on fat stores as a source of energy. The use of fat for energy is harder on your body and takes more out of you, leaving you feeling unusually tired.
Diabetes has a detrimental effect on white blood cells. Your white blood cells are responsible for fighting off infections. If you cannot fight infections, your immune system will become weakened. A weakened system will cause sores to heal much more slowly.