Are you are one of the almost 80 million Americans who have been diagnosed with Prediabetes? If so, consider it a warning sign. This is your last chance to make some changes in your diet and lifestyle, to prevent or at least slow down the development of diabetes.
Most people who develop Type 2 diabetes start out with prediabetes, also known as impaired fasting blood sugar. Fasting blood sugar levels are elevated, between 100 and 125mg/dl, but not high enough to be classified as diabetic. While many diabetics experience symptoms such as excessive thirst, frequent desire to urinate, blurred vision and feeling tired, these symptoms are rarely reported in prediabetics. Even though you may be feeling fine, it’s important to note that prediabetics are 50% more likely to have a stroke or heart attack than people with normal blood sugar readings.
Other risk factors
In addition to impaired fasting blood sugar, being overweight, and having a family history of diabetes also increases your risk. Women who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are also at higher risk of developing diabetes, as are individuals with high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and a low HDL or good cholesterol.
Take steps now!
If you have prediabetes, the best treatment is to eat less and move more.
Research studies have shown that even a modest weight loss of 5-10 percent of your body weight, along with 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week, can help prevent diabetes. If the thought of launching into a diet and exercise program is overwhelming, focus instead on working toward smaller goals each week.
Have you had your blood sugar checked recently? Please do it this month for National Diabetes Month!