You know, as I sat down to write today’s post, I got a bit side-tracked and started reading other blogs. There are some great ones out there! And, a lot of them have saved some of their best work for Diabetes Awareness Month. It’s a veritable feast of well presented information. And, well, I did not have a definite direction for tonight. Usually, I know way ahead of time what I am going to be writing about. Not tonight. But, as I read the articles, I found one group missing.
Those with Prediabetes. There are “only” about 79,000,000 people with Prediabetes in the United States. Think about it for a moment. Where do you think Diabetics come from? Most of us were told we had Prediabetes. What did I do when I was told I had Prediabetes? Nothing – except go out and have another french fry.
I didn’t have any symptoms of anything. I did not feel bad. But, I had Prediabetes…could not be that serious, right? WRONG.
If your doctor has told you that you have Prediabetes, do not blow it off. I did and look what happened to me – Diabetes! Smart folks learn from others’ mistakes. Yeah, you know where this is going, don’t you?
What do you need to do if you have been told you have Prediabetes? Fight. The path is pretty well laid out. There are no magic cures that I am aware of. You have two tried and true weapons – Diet and Exercise.
Diet: Reduce what you eat. There’s a pretty fair chance, although not certain, that you might need to shed a few pounds. One way of getting that done is by eating a bit less. In Diet-speak it’s called a reduction in caloric (or, carb) intake. In my-speak it’s eat a healthier, more balanced diet. Mine is heavy on the fresh raw vegetables and proteins (chicken, fish, meat); lower on the carbs (breads, pastas, rice, etc.). Oh, and learn about portion control – it will aid you in your fight.
Exercise: In the words of Nike: Just Do It. You don’t have to join a gym and spend hours lifting weights or using a tread mill. If you want to, that’s great. But, since I am not only simple, I’m a bit lazy, I started, and have maintained. walking for 30 minutes a day. Yes, I know I walked in a 10K recently, but that was by choice. You don’t need to; you just need to get moving – you have to start somewhere and walking was pretty easy for me to do.
The truth is that by fighting Prediabetes you will either beat it completely, or postpone the onset of full-blown Diabetes. Either result is a good thing. And, in the process of fighting, you feel and become healthier. What a terrible down-side!
As always, thank you for reading.