Pre-Diabetes 

More and more people are being diagnosed with Type II Diabetes.  This is a serious problem and the disease is potentially life threatening.  Type II Diabetes usually is a problem as one ages.  However, in recent years an increasing number of younger people are developing type II diabetes. 

Pre-diabetes is a condition where the blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered type II diabetes.  If left untreated pre-diabetes can cause complications with the heart and with blood circulation.  The American Diabetes Association estimates that approximately 54 million people in the United States are pre-diabetic. 

There is some good news about pre-diabetes.  With proper nutrition and the guidance and care of your health care professional you can avoid the onset of pre-diabetes.  If you do develop this condition it can be reversed.  Reversing pre-diabetes will take work.  The individual will need to comply with the directions for diet and exercise provided by the health care professional. 

Many medical professionals believe that the epidemic of obesity in the United States contributes to the corresponding epidemic of diabetes.  Obesity is believed to be a precursor to type II diabetes.  If you have pre-diabetes it is important to make some healthy life style choices to avoid becoming a diabetic who will need medication or insulin in later years. 

Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is one way to reverse the effects of pre-diabetes.  You can accomplish this through a healthy diet and moderate exercise.   People who think diet and exercise to manage their weight is too much trouble should consider the possibility of health problem like dialysis which could occur later.  Not all people with diabetes experience kidney failure, but many do.  Patients who experience kidney failure spend many hours each week hooked up to a dialysis machine that performs functions usually done by the kidneys. 

It’s also easier and more pleasant to watch your diet than it is to inject insulin and monitor glucose levels several times each day.  People who think eating carbohydrate rich foods are less expensive that the healthier alternatives should consider the cost of medication and doctor visits resulting from poor nutrition. 

Some people are pre-disposed to diabetes through genetic factors.  Many others acquire this disease because they make too many bad food choices and they are inactive and overweight. 

A regular diet consisting of fast foods and processed foods with little or no lean meat, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains will contribute to obesity. 

If you have been told that you are pre-diabetic you need to get serious about reversing this condition.  Begin an exercise regime even if it is simply walking most days.  Become familiar with the Glycemic Index which explains which foods have a big impact on blood sugar levels and which foods have a lower impact on blood sugar levels. 

Consult with your health care professional about a weight loss program.  Your health care professional should continue to monitor your blood glucose levels.  Just because you have been diagnosed as someone who is pre-diabetic it does not mean that you have to develop type II diabetes.  Developing a healthier lifestyle will allow you to reverse this pre-diabetic condition and have a more healthy, longer life.