Prediabetes—noun. The state of having higher than normal blood sugar levels, but not yet in the range of diabetes. Puts you at increased risk for developing type 2 or full-blown diabetes.
Rx to address prediabetes and prevent type 2 diabetes:
1. Get daily physical activity. Exercise improves the action of insulin, moving glucose out of the bloodstream and into tissues where it can be used for energy.
2. Maintain a healthy weight. If you’re overweight, the more pounds you lose, the less is your chance of developing diabetes. Talk with your doctor about what your optimum weight should be and how to achieve it.
3. Eat a diet low in refined carbohydrates. Incorporate fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and monounsaturated fats (such as extra virgin olive oil) into your diet.
4. Manage your health. Get regular checkups for blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Seek treatment if necessary.
My Take on prediabetes—I see it as an important wake-up call. Unfortunately, I also see too many of us respond to the wake-up call by hitting the Snooze Button, intending to take action tomorrow. Or some day.
We all have only a finite number of tomorrows and some days. Ignoring higher than normal blood sugar is a certain way to reduce both the number of days we have to live and our enjoyment of those days.
We can’t beat prediabetes without taking the threat seriously. If someone you love isn’t taking the condition seriously, or if you or aren’t taking your own prediabetes seriously, check out http://www.effectsofdiabetes.org/ and call your doctor ASAP.
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