Regular readers know that on Fridays I normally do a quick review of any Diabetes news that I think might be important, or I find interesting. Please look for that tomorrow, I thought this post to be too important to postpone.
You know, there is a day before you are diagnosed with Diabetes. There are a lot of days during which you might have done something to prevent getting Type 2 Diabetes. Many of us were told we have Prediabetes.
Prediabetes? Can’t be that serious, can it? There’s a ‘pre’ there. Pre-school is not really school. A pre-teen is not really a teen.
And, that’s just the point. It’s not Diabetes. There is still time to do something so you won’t get the disease, or at least postpone it. Just because it is called Prediabetes, do not make the mistake of not taking it seriously in the days…(okay months and years) while you can. I was told that I had Prediabetes about five years before my diagnoses of Type 2 Diabetes. And, I did nothing. Nothing. How dumb was that?
Look, I don’t know of anyone who has Diabetes who wants others to get it. Yes, it can be controlled. Yes, it can be part of your life. And, if you change your diet a bit, lose a bit of weight and take meds, you can live with it for a long, long time. But, really, who wants to do that if you don’t need to get Diabetes in the first place.
Go ahead, raise your hand if you want your children to have Diabetes. Your best friend? Nope, I don’t see a hand raised. And, yet there are 78,000,000 people in the United States with Prediabetes. Be smarter than I was, and start your fight now if you have it.
So, how do you know if you have Prediabetes? Your doctor can order a simple blood test called an A1c, or HBA1c. It measures the amount of glucose in your blood over the last 60 to 90 days. Results are back in a few days and depending on your ‘score’ your doctor can tell you if you are in danger, or have Prediabetes. Heck, you can get a home kit and take the test at home to get an indication of your score. But follow it up with a regular lab test if you get a score over 5.7. According to the American Diabetes Association, anything less than 5.7 is ‘normal.’ 5.7 to 6.4 you have Prediabetes. 6.5 and over it’s welcome to the world of Type 2 Diabetes!
What can you do if you have Prediabetes? Fight it. Your weapons? Diet and exercise. That’s it. What kind of diet? Talk to your doctor, first. But basically it’s a diet lower in carbs, higher in fresh vegetables and protein. And, a bit exercise – just walking 30 minutes five days a week, can make all of the difference in the world. Losing 7% of your body weight if you are overweight can make a huge difference.
So, there you have it. The Day Before…and you can fight and win your War On Diabetes…or Prediabetes.
As always, thank you for reading.