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What does it mean to be Pre-Diabetic

Posted Jan 23 2011 12:00am

You have been diagnosed as Pre-Diabetic…now you are thinking what do I do? Well, you have to understand the condition itself before you decide what you can do, if anything.

Everyone is familiar with the word Diabetes. It is not a new word in the American language. We hear the word all the time, mentioned in commercials on television and in the newspaper maybe in news magazine article also.

You may know of someone who has a relative who may suffer with a form of diabetes, or maybe diabetes is a part of your family history. So you become curious and you feel the need to know if this is something you have and are not aware of it. So you go see a specialist to have a test done. You take the test and you get the results back fairly quickly.

Your physician tells you that you are Pre-Diabetic. And you say to yourself “I’m pre-diabetic, what does that mean?”

Of course, this little story has played out all over the United States for many years now. And while this story was just for the sake of illustration, we still have to understand just what it means to be diagnosed as someone who is Pre-Diabetic?

When someone has been diagnosed as being pre-diabetic, basically it means that after taking a test for diabetes your results showed that your glucose blood sugar levels were higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as actually having one of the three types of diabetes conditions. So, while you’re not actually a diabetic, but you do have an issue that needs to be addressed quickly.

Now that you have your diagnosis and you are pre-diabetic, it’s not the end of your world either. People who are diagnosed as being pre-diabetic can either stay the onset of diabetes or even reverse the present condition. There are a few things that you should look at as far as your lifestyle is concerned and start to make gradual changes that will be of benefit to you.

These changes should include;

  • Eat Healthy-smaller food portions can make a big difference in how you feel physically and also in how you look in the mirror.
  • Losing Some Weight- there are ways that you can modify your eating habits that do not have to be painful.
  • Get Some Exercise-take a walk or take an exercise class at a local gym, but make sure that you’ve spoken with your family physician first before starting any type an exercise regimen.

In most but not all cases, early intervention on the part of someone diagnosed with this condition, can mean the difference between not becoming a full blown diabetic and someone who beats the odds and even reverse the condition.

So eating healthy is one thing that you cannot avoid. While you may not have to make radical changes in your diet, you should at the very least make some modifications that will not only improve your condition, but will also make you a healthier and better you so try some of the following steps;

  • Eat More Broiled Foods-You will want to eat more of your foods broiled, and ease up on fried foods.
  • Lose The Butter or at least Cut Back-cut back on the amounts of butter you use when cooking and in other foods like with your pancakes or waffles.
  • Eat More Fish and Chicken-This is something that we should be doing anyway, it’s just the healthy thing to do.
  • Eat More Meals That Include Fruits and Vegetables-re-orient your eating habits by adding more fruit and vegetables to your meal plate, and have a little less meat on that dinner plate.

Be proactive when it comes to your own health. You have the opportunity to actually stave off and maybe even reverse, what can be a disease that can kill you without proper attention over time. Take action now and be your own health advocate today.

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