So, you’ve been diagnosed as “pre-diabetic” and the world has been shaken to the core.
Well, it should be.
While pre-diabetes is not the end of the world, it is a precursor to insulin resistance and a slew of health conditions that literally could end the world as you know it.
Let’s define what this really means, and what it means to you.
Pre-diabetes in its simplest form is an elevated blood glucose (sugar) level that is not high enough to be called type 2 diabetes.
Though the levels may not be high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, some of the effects of elevated blood sugar may have already begun. The earliest changes occur in the smallest blood vessels and may manifest as protein in the urine, or in some cases a feeling of pins and needles in the hands and feet. Other symptoms include being thirsty or hungry all the time, blurry vision, sudden clammy or sweaty feelings, and even uncharacteristic fatigue.
If you have any of these symptoms it is important to speak to a healthcare professional to help you not only stop the symptoms but to reverse any damage that has already occurred. That’s right, reverse.
Pre-diabetes is reversible, and the simplest way to turn this disease around is to make changes in your lifestyle.
Pre-diabetes is reversible, and the simplest way to turn this disease around is to make changes in your lifestyle. Changes in your diet include a reduction or removal of processed foods like cakes and sweets, soft drinks, as well as fatty animal products and meats. Adding fiber to the diet in the form of bran or flaxseed will also help to reduce the risk of heart disease and progression to diabetes. A little exercise goes a long way. Just 30 minutes 3 times a week will help improve your fasting blood glucose levels.
Finally, routine visits with your healthcare provider will keep you in the know, and on the right track.
Know your numbers, stay woke.
By Dr. Darius Bain | Live Well Family Health Center