You may not have diabetes, but you could be pre-diabetic. What is this condition and how can you reverse it? A quick guide.
Try as you might, it’s hard to be positive when your doctor says those dreaded words: “you have diabetes”. Should your doctor tell you you’re pre-diabetic, you have every reason to be positive. This only means your blood sugar is high, but not high enough to qualify you as a diabetic. This condition is reversible – with just a few changes to your life, your blood sugar could go back to normal.
First you must understand what diabetes is. Most of the food you eat is converted into glucose, or sugar, for your body to use as energy. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, helps the glucose get into the cells of your body, but when your body, either doesn’t make enough insulin or cannot use its insulin effectively, the sugar builds up in the blood and over time, harms blood vessels, the heart, the nerves, the kidneys, the eyes and feet. The damage to the blood vessels increases the risk of heart disease and strokes. This is diabetes.
If you are diagnosed as pre-diabetic, you are on the way to diabetes. Your blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.
There are no screening programs in many countries for the early detection of pre-diabetes. Very often people stay in this state for many years without detection. Symptoms develop so gradually, people often don’t recognize them and some people have no symptoms at all. Only tests can determine if their sugar is in the normal range.
Many people learn this the hard way when after years of drinking sugary soft drinks, eating erratically and seldom exercising, you can simply faint one day. Blood tests will reveal abnormally high blood sugar and you will be diagnosed as pre-diabetic, even if there is no history of diabetes in the family. It happens because of poor eating habits and you have to be on medication thereafter and exercise regularly.
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