Have You Recently Been Diagnosed with Prediabetes or High Glucose?
Just like many people I was diagnosed with a high blood glucose level (high blood sugar). After taking a fasting glucose test as part of a routine physical I was told by my doctor that I had prediabetes. I needed to know how to be healthy, about blood sugar and how to diet properly. Let me show you how I was able to lower my glucose and reverse prediabetes fast and naturally with food and diet, and without medication!
I was first diagnosed with prediabetes in 2011 and I was scared to death. I know too many people with diabetes and I lost my best friend, John, to diabetes after he had a long drawn out illness that finally took his life. I needed to lower my sugar glucose. I couldn’t believe this was happening to me. It is likely that a person with prediabetes will have full blown diabetes within 5-10 years if nothing is done about it. The good news is that there is a lot that you can do to minimize or completely reverse prediabetes with simple lifestyle changes in diet and exercise. You CAN do this!
Lowering Your Glucose Is Easier Than You Think
I have been inspired to create this website to show others that you are not helpless to reverse prediabetes. Through knowledge and understanding you can be proactive and take charge of this serious health issue. I am not a doctor or medical professional but just an average person who overcame this and want to share it with others. So if you are wondering what is prediabetes and how can I lower my glucose? Please read on.
My hope is to make this a one place stop for people with prediabetes. To give you the basics on how to do this in a simple way (I like simple). I want to encourage you to dig as deep as you like to learn about and conquer this condition. This site is primarily for those recently diagnosed with prediabetes to act early on, you can reverse this. My approach was to be as proactive as I could and do this on my own. I realize that some people need to have a more disciplined or outlined program to follow.
For those looking for a more programmed approach I have included some links for other good alternatives to my method. Please check out those too and find what works for you. A couple of them are Health Advocates, Joe Barton and Dr. Mark Hyman. Those with type I & II diabetes can benefit from my site also but I emphasize (happily) that I am not a diabetic and neither do I claim to be an expert in that.
To get going immediately, start at my Nuts and Bolts page that shows you what you can do NOW to start to lower your glucose with diet and exercise. Then explore the information on the other pages to really learn about what causes prediabetes and maintain great health. And something else, by taking steps to reverse prediabetes there are many more health benefits that can be gained, such as better metabolism and lower blood pressure. Not only will you feel healthier you will be healthier, have more energy and even lose weight.
A Life Change Not a Diet Will Lower Your Glucose
You can reverse prediabetes and lower your glucose, don’t look at is as a diet for a quick fix but it has to be a change in lifestyle, don’t look at all the things you “can’t” have but instead look at all the things you “can” have. There is a lot you have been missing out on and there is an endless possibility of food and diet that you probably haven’t been eating that you will enjoy. It takes about a month to overcome a bad habit by replacing it with a new one. Look forward to how healthy and how good you will feel about overcoming prediabetes. You have everything to gain!
Risk Factors for Prediabetes
The risk factors for prediabetes can be noticeable and prevalent but they can also be silent and you have no idea that you are prediabetic. There are 79 million people estimated to be prediabetic and another 7 million that are undiagnosed according to the American Diabetes Association. These 7 million have no idea that they are on the path to type II diabetes and the other health complications that follow.
It is important to get a physical every couple of years and get it checked out. It is a very easy test called the fasting glucose test, you just need to fast 12 hours prior to giving a blood sample. The lab will test your blood and let you know exactly what your glucose level is. The good news is you can overcome prediabetes if you know about it early!
Here are some of the risk factors and signals that you might be prediabetic:
- Being inactive. If you are not active you at more risk. Being physically active uses up energy, that energy come from glucose. By being physically active you also make your cells more sensitive to insulin.
- Carrying around extra weight. The more weight you have the more your cells are resistant to insulin.
- High triglycerides. This is a type of fat in the blood.
- Genetic predisposition. If type II diabetes runs in your family background then you are more at risk.
- High blood pressure. Having prediabetes can cause damage to you cardiovascular system.
- Getting Older. When people get into their mid-forties they tend to lose muscle mass, put on a little weight, and not exercise as much. Young people are now also at risk of prediabetes in ever increasing numbers.
- Race plays a factor. There are certain races of people that are more at risk for prediabetes. Hispanics, Asian-American’s, Pacific Islanders, and African American’s. Science is not certain as to why some races are more at risk.
- Cholesterol. Having too high of LDL (bad) and/or too low of HDL (good) cholesterol.
- Gestational diabetes. Women who have developed diabetes while being pregnant are at an increased risk of developing diabetes later on and also if the woman gave birth to a baby 9 pounds or more.
- Sleep problems. Getting too little or too much sleep can increase risk of prediabetes. This can lead to insulin resistance.