April 10, 2011

Pre-Diabetes, Borderline Diabetes and Avoiding Type 2 Diabetes

Posted in Diet, Exercise, Fitness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Habits, Healthy Living, Nutrition, Workout at 3:18 PM by lanaholt

Pre-Diabetes, Borderline Diabetes and Avoiding Type 2 Diabetes from lanaholt on Vimeo.

Pre-diabetes is a condition without obvious symptoms and left unchecked will lead to type 2 diabetes. That’s very scary.

Usually after you eat the sugar or glucose levels in your blood rise and the body produces insulin a hormone to convert the glucose into energy for everyday living. If insulin is not being generated or used by the body, glucose levels will remain elevated and that can hurt the body. People that have higher than normal glucose levels, but are not diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, have pre-diabetes. A study published in the March 14, 2002, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine found 25 percent of very obese children and 21 percent of very obese adolescents had prediabetes. Most of the time pre-diabetes shows no symptoms at all. Some people may experience extreme thirst, frequent urination, fatique and/or blurred vision.

Many people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years. So, if you have been diagnosed you can do a lot to prevent it from developing into type2 diabetes.

1. Clean up your eating. Add healthy fats, fiber, whole grains, fruits, veggies, superfoods to your diet. Reduce or totally eliminate excess calories, sugar, saturated fats and trans fats. Start small, find your weakest area and work there first. Are you a TV snacker? Replace a high sugar, high fat treat with a healthier option.

2. Maintaining a healthy weight can lower your chances of developing type 2 diabetes by 60%. That’s huge!

3. Get moving. Getting physically active helps your body in so many ways. You can reduce your changes of heart disease and lower your risk of type 2 diabetes and so much more. Start small, take a 10 minute walk daily and increase by 5-10 minutes every few days till you are at least up to 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Get a goal, sign up for a 5k walk that supports type 2 diabetes research.

4. Reduce alcohol consumption. Avoid heavy or binge drinking. It’s good for your body and soul to drink moderately, no more than 1 drink a day. Anything more than that can be a symptom of a more serious condition.

5. Thow away your cigarettes. Let’s get real. There is no benefit to smoking. It causes a number of horrible conditions. Just stop. There are so many programs to help smokers quit. Talk to your doctor about what would work best for you.

If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, work closely with your physician to create a plan that keeps you on the healthy path leading away from type 2 diabetes. If you are unsure whether you are pre-diabetetic or not, schedule an appointment with your physician today. You can avoid the complications of diabetes like heart disease, stroke, blindness and more, by taking proactive steps towards a healthy lifestyle.


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