What you eat, when you eat and how you feel after you eat, all can help determine if you are living with pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes is referring to when your fasting glucose levels are going up, usually you can also see haemoglobin and A1C is starting to climb. It is not necessarily in the diabetic range but it is steadily getting there. Discussing a patients sleep patterns, exercise and diet can help to determine if they are at risk for developing diabetes.
There’s a lot of grey area between completely normal and actually being diabetic. The pre-diabetic range is really where you can help people so much, before they get to actual full blown diabetes.
Health experts may also use the hip to waist ratio to determine if a patient is at risk. If the patient carries their fat in the belly, they’re at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. A lot of people just don’t really know that they are creeping up towards that, which is probably the scariest thing about it.
Experts encourage healthy diets of fruits, vegetables, fibre and limiting animal protein for preventing pre-diabetes.
Exercise is so important when it comes to preventing diabetes. Sleep is always important as well and stress reduction. It is really the core of everything you hear for staying healthy.
A blood test to check the patients A1C, triglycerides levels and cholesterol can ultimately decide if a patient is at risk for type 2 diabetes, making it important for patients to have regular visits with their doctor.
The risk factors for pre-diabetes are being overweight (#1 factor), family history of diabetes, over 45 years of age, high blood pressure, being sedentary, history of gestational diabetes, history of PCO’s and certain ethnicities – African American, American Indian, Hispanic, Asian American or Pacific Islander descent.
E309 – Preventing Pre-diabetes – www.diabetic.today