What To Look For Pre-Diabetes
The scarey thing about this pre-diabetes is that it can be a silent disease. Sneaking up on you without warning. Millions of people have diabetes, and right now you may have the beginning of diabetes and not even know. It can sneak up on you, some people may have symptoms, but many people will not.
- Feeling thirsty through out the day
- Frequent urination
- Vision problems such as blurred vision
- Feeling extremely tired
- Having frequent infections
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to healing
- Feelings like bugs are crawling on you or tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
- Recurring skin, gum or bladder infections
- Higher than normal blood sugars
- High A1C blood test-tests sugar levels over 3 months
OBESITY RATES RISING
It cannot be more apparent as you go about your day shopping, and dining that Americans are becoming fatter, exercising less, and eating unhealthy diets. To put matters in worse the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index of 90,000 surveys showed that more than 60% of adults & Children in the United States are either overweight or obese.
So, we are overweight as a nation, but do we see ourselves clearly? Well, studies say No….most of us don't see ourselves as overweight even when we are. The average American man or woman is 23 pounds heavier than his or her ideal body weight. However, both men and women have misconceptions about their weight, believing that they are in their correct weight range when in reality they they are overweight.
It can be hard to judge the correct weight of individuals when as a nation if you compared yourself to half the people in a room the average body weight tends towards being on the plump side rather than the thin one. As the pounds pack on and you buy the next pants size up you may not realize that you are compromising your health, and that those extra pound can lead to major health consequences now and in the future.
Those extra pounds can contribute to:
- higher blood pressure
- Bad Cholesterol levels-low HDL cholesterol and high triglycerides
- A predisposition or a family history of diabetes in overweight individuals
- Gestational diabetes or giving birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
- Amputation of finger, toes, feet due to poor circulation brought on by diabetes
Talking To Your Doctor
If you have any of the above symptoms it is important to talk to your doctor. Your doctor will probably do a health screen which includes tests for diabetes if you are overweight and age 45 or older on your next routine medical office visit. Once you discover that you have markers that point toward pre-diabetes you can make a plan with your doctor to prevent the actual onset of full blown type 11 diabetes that may require daily medication. By slimming down and either including or increasing your level of physical activity you may delay diabetes or prevent diabetes from destroying your body & health.
However, if you have a genetic component or family history, and follow a weight loss plan and diet plan, you could still continue to be pre-diabetic phase for the rest of your life.
Many times a doctor may not check for diabetes unless he or she find risks factors present such as age, increased weight, or the patient complains of symptoms. That is why it is important to tell your doctor any symptoms you may be having that seem off, or unusual for you.
3 TESTS FOR PRE-DIABETES
- Fasting plasma glucose test (FPG)
- Oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT)
- A1C test
Weight Loss & Exercise Are Key
What can you do to lover your risk or treat symptoms?
You can cut your risk in half for developing type 2 diabetes by losing 7% of your body weight & increasing your exercise to 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
If you're not able to decrease your weight significantly don't work, just losing a little amount can be beneficial. Diet and exercise can reduce the stress on your body, reducing the amount of blood insulin that is produced. There are many additional benefits that you'll also get by reducing your body weight including increased energy and cardiovascular wellness.
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