We are in the middle of Diabetes Awareness Month and I have to tell you something: I wish I didn’t have Diabetes. Why do I have it? Probably because I did not take Prediabetes seriously. How can you take anything with “pre” in front of it seriously? Now, if it had a different name like “Stage 1 Insulin Deficiency Syndrome” I probably would have given it the attention it needed and made the changes necessary so I would not go to Stage 2 – full blown Type 2 Diabetes.
Think about it. If someone tells you that you have Stage 1 Cancer, you are all over it. You are going to do anything you need to do so it does not become Stage 2. A bit of a diet change? No problem. Lose a little weight? Sign me up and get me my new wardrobe ’cause I am going to need it. Tell me I need to exercise a little? I’m there.
It’s Cancer. Not good. Chemotherapy. Radiation. Surgery. Alternative therapies. And, I am told that by making a few changes I can either get rid of it or control it? Well, Folks, that is a no-brainer.
Well, since you are smart readers you know where I am going with this.
Guess what? When we are told we have Prediabetes (aka Stage One Insulin Deficieny Syndrome), we are being told that if we don’t make a few changes, we will in all probability get Diabetes.
“But, Phil, it’s just Diabetes. Relax.”
Really? ‘Just Diabetes’ has some serious complications running from losing extremities (toes and feet seem to be favorites) to hearing loss to loss of sight…if not controlled. Sounds serious to me; does it to you? Did I mention dialysis? Twenty-five percent of those on dialysis are…drum roll…Diabetics.
“But, they have a pill for it.”
Oh, Lord do they have pills for it. Lot’s of them. And insulin. Did you know that 30% of Type 2 Diabetics are on insulin? A major drawback to insulin is that once you are on it; you are always on it – for the rest of your life. That’s one of those little known facts folks don’t talk about.
So, if you are told you have Prediabetes (aka Stage One Insulin Deficiency Syndrome), fight it. The proven, tried and true method is pretty simple.
Diet – a lower carb diet is what I have used top control Type 2 Diabetes, and should have used to fight Prediabetes. Talk with your doctor to find out what the right diet is for you.
Exercise – You don’t have to run out, join a gym and spend hours a day there. Walk or do some other form of exercise for 30 minutes a day five or six days a week.
Weight – Lose a bit of weight. If you are watching what you are eating and really following a diet, and you are doing a bit of exercise, your weight will probably take care of itself. Heck, by doing just what I have described, I have lost 70 pounds.
And, that’s it. There are no magic pills, potions, or words to say to beat Prediabetes. You fight it by declaring War on it. The best that can happen is that you reverse the Prediabetes and fight it back. The worst that happens is that you can postpone the onset of Diabetes and are in a great place to control the disease.
I don’t see a downside there.
So, get an A1c test and talk with your doctor about the results. An A1c test looks at blood sugar levels for the last 60 to 90 days and is incredibly simple. A bit of blood is taken, analyzed and in short order you get results. If you are in the normal range, great. If you are in the Prediabetes range, takl with your doctor and make a plan to fight it.
You can beat back Prediabetes. Declare your War On Diabetes. By getting an A1c test you will know what, if anything, you need to do so you will not get Diabetes. You really, really do not want to hear that diagnoses if you can avoid it/
As always, thank you for reading.