Five Fully Preventable Pre-Conditions

A pre-condition is being on the threshold of a full-blown disease. Some people live for years and years on this threshold. Some will never develop the full-blown disease, but others will. The good news is that a pre-condition can be reversed in most cases.

 

Pre-Hypertension

This is a state where you are on the cusp of having diagnosed high blood pressure. Pre-hypertension is a reading between 120/80 and 139/89. Most people will have no symptoms when they are in this stage, so this is why people tend not to do anything about it until full-blown high blood pressure is part of their life. To help prevent both pre- and regular hypertension, it is important to get screened regularly. The American Heart Association recommends getting a screening every two years minimum.

 

Pre-Diabetes

If your blood sugar levels are above what is normal, you are said to have pre-diabetes. Within 10 years, if your blood sugar levels stay in the pre-diabetes range, full-blown diabetes can develop. A lot of people have no idea that they are pre-diabetic because there are often either no symptoms, or the symptoms are not something a lot of people pay attention to. They may include fatigue, frequent urination, excessive hunger or thirst and tingling in the feet. If you are over 45, you should have diabetes testing every three years. Earlier testing is indicated for those with risk factors.

 

Cervical Dysplasia

This is a precursor for cervical cancer. Women of any age can fall victim, but it is most often seen between 25 and 35 years of age. It is important to get your regular Pap smears because these are used to detect this condition. It is also important to avoid HPV by being monogamous and practicing safe sex.

 

Colon Polyps

These small growths have the potential to turn into cancer. Most do not cause symptoms. A colonoscopy is the most common test to look at these, but a sigmoidoscopy, double-contrast barium enema and a CT colonography can also be done. It is recommended that everyone over 50 start to get a colonoscopy every 10 years. You may need to start sooner and have one more often if you have any risk factors.

 

Osteopenia

A low bone mass is considered a silent disease because until a bone fracture occurs, most women have no idea that their bones are lacking in health. A bone mineral density test can be done to confirm this condition. If you are postmenopausal, you should have this test every one to two years. If you have risk factors, you may need to have one more often.

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