Do you know about Pre-Diabetes? I had heard about the problem of Diabetes but I had no idea that pre-diabetes was such a problem worldwide.
I met Sally Jackson through my monthly contribution to the Millers Seeing Me Project. Sally reached out to me and as she is also passionate about health we connected immediately, (although we live on the otherside of the world from each other). Like many midlife women Sally has also taken a leap of faith and started her own business as well as being a lecturer in the School of Medicine in Cambridge.
After checking out Sally’s website, I knew that her philosophy of ‘promoting health from the inside out’ was something I was keen to promote. I’m honoured to have Sally as a guest writer.
Read her informative post and then find out more about Sally at the end of the post.
Pre-Diabetes – Do I need to be concerned?
Worldwide there is a sharp increase in pre-diabetes. A staggering 81 million American adults (30%) and 1.7 million Australians (16%) are estimated to have this condition .Even more concerning is that a mere seven percent know they have it and there is a 50% chance it will develop into type 2 diabetes between 5-10 years .
But what exactly is it?
Pre-diabetes (or impaired glucose tolerance), is where your blood sugar (glucose) is raised beyond the normal range but it is not so high that you have diabetes. The problem is you will feel well and only know about it if you have a blood test.
Equally, even if you are diagnosed as having pre-diabetes you are very unlikely to be prescribed medication instead you will simply be advised to review your lifestyle. This means it’s very easy to do nothing about it.
Why should I change my lifestyle?
Because it works! By implementing life style changes you can avoid a condition which increases your risk of heart attack, kidney damage, blindness and amputation. But it’s so much more than that – the truth is whilst you might feel well you’re not perfectly healthy.
Your risk of heart attack is rising as pre-diabetes is associated with raised cholesterol and high blood pressure. The raised sugar levels can also start to cause complications’ of diabetes – damage to your kidneys, eyes and nervous system – even in the pre-diabetes period.
In Type 2 diabetes your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to meet your body’s needs, or your body doesn’t respond properly to insulin, or more commonly both. This develops in stages.
Firstly, blood sugar levels are normal when you’re fasting, but higher than usual after a meal – impaired glucose tolerance.
Secondly fasting blood sugars levels are high, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. Thirdly fasting blood sugars are high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes
But here’s the good news there is increasing evidence that using lifestyle change to treat prediabetes can prevent progression to diabetes.
Lifestyle changes will reduce your risk of developing type 2 Diabetes. The US Diabetes Prevention Programme has shown that reducing your weight by 6% through lifestyle change can decrease your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by a staggering 60 per cent!
So it’s important to find out if you have it (ask your doctor for a fasting blood sugar) and then to start making those lifestyle changes as soon as possible.
A combination of regular exercise, modest weight loss and a heart-healthy diet can reduce your chance of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes by as much as 58%.
Do some physical activity regularly – If you are able, a minimum of 30 minutes’ physical activity at least five times a week is what to aim for .Find something you enjoy walking, swimming, running, cycling, jogging, dancing are all great. The aim, whatever you do, is to get mildly out of breath and a bit sweaty!
Lose some weight. This isn’t about trying to get to your ideal weight, any weight loss is going to help to reduce your blood sugar level and will give you improved energy levels.
Eat Healthily – Low GI Foods, low carbs and portion control
If you’d like help with weight loss, learning new habits, gaining new skills, and building confidence I’m here to help. It takes time, but working online with you I can help you begin to eat better and become more active, and you’ll soon notice changes in how you feel, and in how you look. More importantly you’ll be developing lifelong habits, and most importantly dramatically reduce your risk of developing diabetes.
For more help please contact me at [email protected]
- Diabetes Prevention Program.N Engl J Med 2002; 346: 393-403
I am a nurse, lecturer and entrepreneur. Passionate about promoting health from the inside out focusing on “looking healthy and feeling good”. I work with clients to help them optimise their health by building confidence, promoting stress management and offering a bespoke consultancy service. Using the skills, knowledge, and experience I’ve accumulated by working in the health sector for more than three decades, to firstly understand your health concerns, and what’s causing them, and then present you with possible solutions. These often involve lifestyle changes, which I can support through coaching, and a range of pure, safe and beneficial nutritional supplements.
Connect with Sally
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