Pre-diabetes is a condition that occurs when a person’s blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. There are 41 million Americans who have pre-diabetes, in addition to the 20.8 million with diabetes.
To be Pre-diabetes is a clear indication that you probably have higher than normal blood-sugar levels but, fortunately, may not be as high enough to be classed as being a full-blown diabetic. The most important thing is to understand that you are susceptible to developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease if you refuse to take proper care of your health to avert the disease.
Unfortunately, another thing to be wary of when in you are pre-diabetes stage is that, more often than not, there are no physical symptoms to warn you that you are in a pre-diabetes stage. So it’s worth getting yourself checked out by your physician and this can only be possible if you’re the type that does monitor his health from time to time. If you fall into any of these categories, you should endeavour to ask your physician if you are likely to be at risk of pre-diabetes or not. However, you have to take cognizant of these facts:
1. If there is history that at least somebody from your family had diabetes in the past you have a high risk of having pre-diabetes.
2. If there’s also a history of gestational diabetes in your family in the past, then you can equally be diagnosed of having pre-diabetes.
3. If you are overweight and at the same time over 45 years or older.
4. You can also be diagnosed of pre-diabetes, If you’re known to have high blood pressure for quite some time and you refused to do anything to correct this health issues; low HDL cholesterol and high triglycerides.
5. You have given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds; and
6. If you belong to an ethnic or minority group that has a high risk for diabetes, such as African American, American Indian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, or Hispanic American/Latino.
The good news is, if it is discovered that you have pre-diabetes after you are being diagnosed of this disease. It means your blood-sugar levels are rather higher than they should be but not in the diabetes range, then at this stage you can take positive action to reduce the risk of developing into type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The precaution you have to take should include the followings:
i. You must also try to avoid snacks or fast food to some extent; and if you must eat snack then
you should go for a healthy rather than sugar-laden meal.
ii. You must try as much as possible to reduce the rate of food consumption; eating just a little less can help you to reduce your risk factor.
iii. Engaging in a little more exercise; such as walking up the stairs instead of taking the lift or an escalator. Doing this will take out some of your body fat as well as other cholesterol from your body.
iv. You must also endeavour to drink a glass of water 10 minutes before eating, in order to take the edge of your appetite so you don’t overindulge in food.
v. It’s also a matter of necessity to always choose whole-grain foods or sugar-free foods anytime you want to eat.
vi. Starve yourself to some extent. This means you shouldn’t shop for food whenever you are feeling hungry. However, you’ll be more tempted to buy the foods that increase your blood-sugars and at the same time add more to your weight and generally create a higher risk of moving from your pre-diabetes stage into being a fully diagnosed type 2 diabetic.
If you engage yourself in almost all the points listed above, and you work closely with your physician, then you should be rest assured that you’ve availed yourself the opportunity of living a healthy and long life. And, you equally stand the chance of reducing your risk of turning pre-diabetes into type 2 diabetes.