Lose 5-10% of body weight - #1 priority. All of the prevention tips are good, but I've read a few articles about studies done in England and Europe. The most important thing is to bring your weight down. Even if you're not too overweight - if people in the higher range of healthy can lose weight - they are able to avoid diabetes.
Something not mentioned here is that if you have PCOS you might be considered pre-diabetic. Insulin resistance tends to come along with it, and it can be harder to lose weight.
5/31/2012 7:51:12 PM
I HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED AS BORDERLINE DIABETIC. I AM A HEALTHY, SLIGHTLY OVERWEIGHT 57 YEAR OLD. I WORK OUT ATLEAST 4 TIMES A WEEK, I CUT OUT MOST CARBS, GOOD CHOLESTEROL LEVELS, PRETTY HEALTHY AND WITHIN 6 MONTHS MY HbA1c WENT FROM 6.0-6.3. I ENDED UP GOING ON METFORMIN WHICH I WAS NOT CRAZY ABOUT BECAUSE I JUST DON'T TAKE MEDS. YOU CAN'T WAIT UNTIL YOU HAVE TYPE 2 TO START TAKING MEDS, IT COULD BE OUT OF CONTROL BY THEN. I THINK SOMETIMES DOCTORS DON'T KNOW AS MUCH AS THE DRUG REPS THAT ARE TRAINED ON THE DIFFERENT MEDICATIONS. NOTHING ELSE WORKED FOR ME. I GO BACK FOR ANOTHER TEST NEXT WEEK AFTER 1 MONTH OF TAKING METFORMIN. WE SHALL SEE.
5/31/2012 11:50:29 AM
Artificial sweetners CAN also raise insulin levels and they present a host of other issues. AVOID THEM! Saturated fats from organic free-range stock is HEALTHY. Coconut oil is a saturated fat - it is HEALTHY!!! Real butter from organic free-range animals is HEALTHY! Organic free-range eggs are HEALTHY. As surprising as it might be to hear, the fact that animal fats pose this same risk is not supported by science.
Even a single can of diet or regular soda per day will raise risk of diabetes by as mush as 60%. substitute with water, tea or fresh ground organic coffee (w/o the crap added).
Join the renaissance and take charge of your health and avoid as much of the man-made or modified crap as possible.
5/31/2012 10:39:25 AM
To ELAINESTEF: Prediabetes IS a valid diagnosis. 50 MILLION Americans are on the door step of diabetes. We need to scare them silly - while they can act to change their numbers. I was prediabetic last year and I was SCARED into action. I lost 25# with diet (vegan!) and exercise. My HbA1c went from 5.7% to 5.3%. I am determined NOT to become diabetic. I, too, am a healthcare practitioner. Most doctors I speak to (I am a researcher) only want to wait till patients become diabetic and then throw pills and shots at their patients. Diabetes is PREVENTABLE - but only if people take action. Prevention is key and a diagnosis of prediabetes can alert folks to the seriousness of their predicament. People have got to MOVE and EAT whole foods.
I saved this article because it applies to me in spades, but I would LOVE to see the day when I can remove it from my favorites because I don't need to read it any more! I am hoping and praying that I can kick the obesity thing.
To ELAINESTEF - I would think that being diagnosed PRE-Diabetic or BORDERline Diabetic IS a valid diagnosis! Yes, if we live a very unhealthy lifestyle and are obese, then we are at risk, but this 'diagnosis' actually says "your blood sugars ARE HIGHER THAN WE WOULD LIKE but at this stage you can do something about it so get off your butt before it is too late!"
I was borderline pre-diabetic and had very high cholesterol (on meds) and the only change I made was weight-loss - no change to my diet other than slightly fewer calories (because my diet was already very healthy!). With the weight loss, all my bloods are now perfectly normal.
I would like to comment on the term "pre-diabetes and borderline diabetes". As a health care practitioner there in fact is no validity to either of these terms. You are either diabetic or not! If being diagnosed as pre-diabetes indicates having a blood glucose level that is a high normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetic, then that would confirm that almost everyone other than a true diabetic is a pre-diabetic! It's like saying your pre-pregnant! Anyone who is obese, is over 45 yrs of age, has abdominal girth obesity, who lead a sedentary lifestyle, eat an unhealthy diet are high risk to develop diabetes and lifestyle changes can prevent this. Education is the priority here, people need to know what the risks are but they don't require a non-valid diagnosis to scare them into action!
5/30/2012 2:24:51 PM
I was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer in January. I've just finished my last chemo and ready to get healthy again. There is some research to suggest glucose feeds cancer cells. I don't want to take any chances. Plus, just being healthy and eating write greatly reduces the chances of the cancer returning.
My primary care Physician informed me approximately two months ago that I was pre diabetic. Until today I really did not know exactly what he meant. This article has made me realize that my diagnosis is more serious than I thought. Because of this article I now know that I have to work even harder to achieve my weight loss goal.
3/8/2012 12:17:25 PM
This article is like too many others out there is vague and misleading leaving the reader to believe that it is simply sugar and only sugar that affects glucose or blood sugar. The truth is more complex and it even varies greatly from person to person. All carbohydrates, sugar included, have the same basic chemical makeup and when they are broken down by the body they all are made into glucose. But do NOT go thinking that you can give up carbohydrates. I wonít even cut back drastically. Carbohydrates are made into glucose and while you want that lower you must also know that each and every cell in your body needs glucose to live. Glucose is your bodies fuel; if you donít have enough you will die. The trick is to figure out how different carbohydrates affect you individually; along with helping your body to use the glucose it makes more effectually so that it is used by your cells and doesnít build up in your blood or drop too low. Because I could go on for pages about this I urge anyone reading who has been or has had a loved that has been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes of either type to do more reading. A website http://www.bloodsugar101.com/ is a good starting point. I also recommend 3 books, What You Need to Know to Keep Diabetes Away Pre-diabetes, The First Year Type 2 Diabetes, both by Gretchen Becker and 50 Diabetes Myths That can Ruin Your Life and the 50 Diabetes Truths that can save it by Riva Greenberg
Good information. I was concerned about my risk of diabetes due to family history but based on this information and recent blood work, I feel more reassured as long as I am continuing a healthy lifestyle.
I too am pre diabetic but my latest A1C was lower. Watching all the people on the Bigest Loser who had Diabetes type 2 when they started and after losing the weight the diabetes is gone. So if they can do it so can I.
I think the A1c wasn't mentioned because it isn't accurate. My A1c is terrific, but I can't pass the OGTT to save my life. I almost threw up the last time I had one because my glucose level got so high I got a migraine from it. My FPG can be less than 100 sometimes too, depending on how much sleep I've had and how well I've eaten in the prior few days. One test is obviously not enough and the OGTT is the most accurate.
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