Unwanted Sweetness: Learning about PRE-DIABETES
I am quite sure that most of you have not heard about this term. Well folks, the condition does exist, and it is better you be informed as early as now…
What is pre-diabetes?
Pre-diabetes is a condition that comes before type 2 diabetes. Blood glucose (that’s sugar to you….honey) levels are higher than normal but aren’t (just) high enough to be called diabetes. Pre-diabetes is a silent disease, meaning you can have it but not know it…it’s like a thief in the night (they do not come to you announced). The good news is that cutting back on calories and fat, being physically active, and losing weight can reverse pre-diabetes and therefore delay or prevent type 2 diabetes. Diabetes doesn’t go away once you have IT (don’t delude yourself…), so it’s better to prevent it in the first place.
Am I likely to have pre-diabetes?
As you get older, especially if you’re overweight, your chances of having pre-diabetes increase.
Your doctor should check your blood glucose level if you are:
• 45 or older and overweight
• Under age 45 and overweight and have other risk factors for diabetes
If you are 45 or older and your weight is normal, ask your doctor if you need to bechecked for pre-diabetes.
How can I reverse pre-diabetes?
To help bring your blood glucose levels back to normal, you can
• Cutback on calories and fat
• Increase your physical activity
Doing so will make it more likely that you’ll lose weight. If you’re overweight, losing some 5 to 7 percent of your total weight can help you a lot. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, your goal would be to lose 10 to 15 pounds.
1. American Diabetes Association. http://www.diabetes.org/
Ask Your Doctor…
• How can I foretell if my child is at risk for diabetes?
• If my parents had diabetes, what sort will I have?
• Does my blood pressure have anything to do with developing diabetes?
• When can I undergo screening? Is glycosylated hemoglobin, acceptable? When is a microalbumin test required?