Diabetes Mellitus

Are You at the Risk of Pre-Diabetes?

Pre diabetes is a stage that precedes type 2 diabetes. It is characterized by increasing intolerance to insulin and an increase in blood glucose levels. As many as 40 million Americans suffer this stage of diabetes. Many of the people who suffer from pre-diabetes are at risk of developing full-blown diabetes type 2 within a span of 10 years.

There are other factors such as genetic pre-disposition and obesity that can further contribute to the development of Type 2 diabetes.  The primary trigger is a diet that is high on sugary foods, simple carbohydrates such as white refined flour and a lack of exercise.

Although pre-diabetes is a condition that is not to be taken lightly, it is certainly not a death toll. It is more in the nature of an alarm that provides a signal that things are not entirely well with the way that the body is metabolizing sugar and that corrective action needs to be taken.

An individual who is at a pre-diabetic stage can get his or her act right by making drastic lifestyle changes in terms of dietary composition and exercise. The idea is to reduce weight and to eat right. Fewer carbohydrates and instant snack foods such as potato chips, cakes and sugary drinks and more of healthy foods rich in fiber and low on the glycemic index are absolutely essential to turn the clock back and bring serum glucose levels down to normal.
 
The fact is that pre-diabetes is reversible and by taking timely action the body’s sensitivity to insulin can be increased. Taking corrective action at this stage can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a major health risk that can result in various health consequences such as stroke, blindness, and cardiovascular problems, not to mention a lifetime of dependency on diabetic medications to bring down blood sugar levels.