What is the difference between a syndrome and a disease?
A disease is a medical condition with a fixed set of criteria. To be diagnosed with a disease a person must meet all specific medical criteria for a particular disease.
A Syndrome is…
A syndrome is a group of symptoms that can vary person to person.
To be diagnosed with a syndrome, a person only has to have some of the symptoms or characteristics associated with the particular syndrome.
Is pre-diabetes a disease or a syndrome?
Pre-diabetes is a metabolic disorder. It is not considered a disease or a syndrome. However, pre-diabetes can be part of Metabolic Syndrome X (also called Insulin Resistance Syndrome), which, as is suggested by the name, is a syndrome.