It’s fairly well known at work that I have Diabetes. I get questions from time to time about the disease or about what I eat. Some folks seem to think I eat only alfalfa sprouts, or the like – which is completely wrong! My life with Diabetes is an open book, I really enjoy answering questions in the hope that it might prevent Diabetes for someone else.
And, then there was this question: “Does Diabetes just all of a sudden happen, or do you have some warning?”
Looking at the person asking the question for a moment, I considered the possible answers and did not like how I was going to be perceived. But, what the heck, when in doubt, give ’em the truth. So, I answered:
“About five years before I was diagnosed with Diabetes, I was told I had Prediabetes. In most cases, Diabetes just doesn’t happen without warning. Yes, there’s gestational Diabetes, but that goes away when the woman gives birth most of the time.”
“So, you were told you had Prediabetes. What did you do? Can you do anything?”
“I did almost nothing. Yeah, I knew what Diabetes was, but I didn’t do anything to reverse the Prediabetes, which can be done. I did not exercise. lose weight or change my diet.”
My co-worker looked at me as if I were crazy…and justifiably so. “Why didn’t you do something; anything to avoid Diabetes, if you could?”
I sat there silently. I didn’t have a good answer. So, I went with exactly what I was thinking when I was told I had Prediabetes; “I didn’t think it would happen to me. I was wrong.”
“I can undertand that. I’m sorry.”
“So am I. I have learned that as sure as night follows day, Diabetes will follow Prediabetes. It’s just that simple unless a few basic steps are taken with exercise and diet.”
Folks, I have learned the lesson the hardest way possible. Learn from my mistake, and the mistake of millions of other Diabetics. Diabetes will follow Prediabetes unless you fight it. If you have been diagnosed with Prediabetes and are not fighting, start today. Now. Don’t wait until tonight or after lunch or tomorrow. There’s a fight going on in your body at this moment; a fight that you can win if you just help it a bit.
How do you fight Prediabetes? Exercise and Diet. Thirty minutes a day; five days a week is all it takes. Lose a bit of weight. A loss of as little as 7 to 10% can make a huge difference. Start eating a lower carb diet.
When I started my fight with Diabetes, I wasn’t even sure what a carbohydrate was – that’s how diet conscious I was at the time. I quickly learned that carbs come from starchy foods like potatoes and rice, and our good friend sugar. With the help of a dietician I learned very quickly what I should eat and what to avoid. I listened and acted. My first diet restriction was to about 60 carbs per meal with snacks of 15 carbs. I know a lot of you are on lower carb diets and eat many fewer carbs than that, but that worked for me and was quite a reduction from the 150 carb meals I was having.
How do you know if you have Prediabetes? You get an A1c test from your doctor, or you can take them at home. The number you get back from the test will determine if you have Prediabetes or Diabetes. Prediabetes is diagnosed when the score comes back 6.0 to 6.5. Anything greater than 6.5 and you will be diagnosed as a Diabetic. If you have the symptoms listed here, get an A1c test done as soon as you can.
Prediabetes can be beat. Diabetes can be controlled. In order to do either, you must go to War On Diabetes. You must declare your own war and win – because you can win!
You can do it. I know it.
As always, thank you for reading.