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Diagnosing, Treating and Preventing Prediabetes
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I think there is a lot of information available on how to manage pre-diabetes but it requires hours and hours of research and weeding through inaccurate information. There are several really good books on Amazon.com about pre-diabetes but my favorite is at http://www.nutritionxpert.com/pre-diabetes
One of my spark trivia questions today was "Which of these does not help prevent diabetes" and I forget what all of the answers were but one was "Cut excess sugar from your diet" or something to that effect. I chose "All of the above help prevent diabetes" and it said that was wrong, that there was no proof that eating excess sugar causes Type 2 diabetes! And then had a link to this article. I'm disappointed Spark is spreading misinformation, especially on something this important.
All I can say to pre diabetics is TAKE IT SERIOUSLY - I didn't understand what it meant and am now a diabetic. Research it and change your habits. Don't become a diabetic.
"Eat sensibly. Cut excess calories, sugar, saturated fat and trans fat from your diet and you will cut your risk of diabetes. Include more healthy fats, fiber, whole grains, fruits and veggies, using the Nutrition Resource Center as a guide."
The only thing I see right here is the "cut excess calories & sugar". Why they didnt put "cut excess carbs" here, beats me. Sugar is found in carbs as well ie. Fruits, veges, bread, starchy veges. This advice is similar to what would come from the ADA in which I find saddening.
Lowering your carb intake significantly can help prevent type 2 diabetes. I already have type 2 diabetes and have had it for 3yrs now. Only recently, after being told to lose 20kgs in 6 months, I looked up "weight loss for diabetes". I came across Dr. Jay Wortman's interview on Youtube, and from there it lead me to Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes revolution. I have followed Dr. Bernstein's radical carb decrease in my diet just to see if it would work for me. I had to lower my diabetes medication significantly (going from 6 - 3 tablets per day after 2 weeks of monitoring my glucose levels. I havent felt this good in years. Physically and mentally. Never hungry either. My glucose levels have been stable at non-diabetic's glucose levels for 1 week now.
Anyone wanting to avoid diabetes, should try this approach. There are a lot of people for and against low carb diets, but if you want to know if it would work for you to lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, read the book, try the diet yourself and get your tests done again in 3 months. I was my own guinea pig and ended up convincing myself that this is the way to go, just by obtaining my own results that reflected what the book promised. I wish I knew this earlier, but Im glad I found out eventually :)
I agree with your comment 100%.
There is enough information out there to make informed healthy choices but peope think it won't happen to me.
It is easier to keep the weight off the to take it off.
My diabetic numbers are completely within range. Very rare do I go above 10 or 11 (Canadian numbers). I won't allow it to happen.
Oh, sure, last night at work on my break, I had a real treat, a small sliver of cheesecake but that's not an everyday item for me either.
Ever notice in America, all of our major health problems are caused by our disgusting lazy lifestyle and aren't actual "Health" problems, but American problems? We have to STOP reading these articles and get our bodies moving, not for some 20 or 30 minute fix but we need to be up and moving for hours every day. It's natural for our bodies to be in motion. Get up and get moving! And don't eat so 'American'!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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