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What Does Being Pre-Diabetic Mean?

Preschool prepares very young children for “big kids” school. The children get a taste of what a more structured school environment is like, and this prepares them for moving to that stage of their life. Receiving a pre-diabetic diagnosis is similar to preschool. Your body is slowly moving in the direction of diabetes, and is prepared to take that unhealthy step if you do not do something about it.

Unlike the preschool/grade school relationship, prediabetes doesn’t always lead to diabetes. Parents send their children to preschool to intentionally prepare them for kindergarten and then grade school. No one ever intentionally signs up for prediabetes in the hopes that they will become diabetic.

While no one would consciously look forward to achieving a prediabetic assessment, your life choices are largely responsible for this diagnosis. If you stay regularly active and eat a smart diet, hydrate your body and get plenty of rest regularly, odds are you will never hear your doctor tell you that you are prediabetic.

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The opposite is also true.

If you make certain lifestyle choices, choosing a diet full of refined sugar, high levels of salt, white flour and processed foods over fresh fruits and vegetables most of the time, your odds of becoming prediabetic increase dramatically. If you are also sedentary and infrequently active, you raise your risk even further. After a prediabetic diagnosis, if you don’t make sensible changes in your life, you could be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

What Are the Odds That Prediabetes Leads to Type 2 Diabetes?

You should look at prediabetes as a signal. Your body is telling you what could be on the horizon if you keep living your life the way you are now. A prediabetic condition means that your blood glucose level is higher than normal, but it is still manageable. It also means that you have not become diabetic yet, where your glucose rises even higher than in prediabetes.

About 1 in 3 people in the United States has prediabetes. In other countries where a diet of mostly processed foods is joined by a sedentary lifestyle with little physical activity, that same ratio can be expected. Prediabetics are not guaranteed to develop diabetes, but research shows that when significant lifestyle changes are not made, 50% of prediabetics develop type 2 diabetes sometime in the following 10 years.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information and the National Institutes of Health in the United States tell us that only about 10% of prediabetics become diabetic each year.

This is great news, and it agrees with the findings from the National Health Services in the United Kingdom. This means that prediabetes is a red flag, not an inevitable and unavoidable prognosis of diabetes. However, you must take sensible action to ensure you are in that 90% group that doesn’t develop diabetes.

Good News – Prediabetes Is Reversible

What Does Being Pre-Diabetic MeanMost doctors will tell you that a weight loss of just 10 to 15 pounds goes a long way towards reversing prediabetes. As mentioned earlier, frequent physical activity and a smart diet can quickly turn around a prediabetic diagnosis.

Losing weight is the key. Heart and diabetes specialists around the world will tell you just 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate to intense aerobic activity and physical movement each week delivers multiple health benefits, including weight loss and healthy weight management.

Those 2.5 hours of movement could be brisk walking, swimming, energetic dancing, cycling, hiking or performing aerobics. The key is just to get up and get moving whenever you can.

Add resistance training 2 or 3 times a week, either lifting weights, performing body weight exercises, or working out with resistance bands, and you crank up the calorie and fat burning ability of your body, promoting weight loss.

When you incorporate smart nutrition, getting plenty of rest regularly and drinking lots of water each day into a regular plan of physical activity, your chances of reversing prediabetes and avoiding type 2 diabetes are excellent.

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Diabetes Foot Care Tips

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If you have diabetes information about how to manage your condition is vital to your well being.

If you have diabetes information about how to manage your condition is vital to your well being. If you don’t look after your feet you run the risk of developing sores or infections that could, in the worst case scenario, lead to amputations.

Reduce your risk of infection or amputation by incorporating these 7 foot care tips:

  1. Check your feet daily – especially if you have low sensitivity or no feeling in your feet. Sores, cuts and grazes could go unnoticed and you could develop problems leading to amputations.
  2. foot careDon’t go around barefoot, even indoors. It’s easy to tread on something or stub your toes and cut yourself. Protect your feet with socks/stockings and shoes/slippers.
  3. Be careful if you have corns or calluses. Check with your doctor or podiatrist the best way to care for them.
  4. Wash your feet daily in warm, NOT HOT water. And don’t soak your feet (even if you’ve been standing all day) because it could dry your skin and form cracks or sores.
  5. Take extra care to dry your feet completely, especially between your toes. These are natural moisture traps – leaving them damp or wet could create all sorts of problems.
  6. Exercise your legs and feet regularly. Even when sitting you can rotate your ankles; wiggle your toes or move your legs up and down. These all keep your blood circulation flowing and helps to minimize the risk of foot problems.
  7. Get your feet professionally checked, at least once a year, for sensitivity and signs of any problems. You can usually arrange this when you have your annual check up for your AC1 levels (blood glucose levels over a 3-month period), blood pressure and cholesterol.

Take constant care of your feet. Get help from a relative or professional (Doctor, diabetic nurse or podiatrist) if you are not able to bend when trimming nails or checking for sores. Taking these simple actions will help you reduce the risk of painful problems.

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How to Prevent Diabetes

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It seems that there are more and more people with diabetes and in fact it is almost an epidemic!  Wouldn’t it be great if you knew there was a way that you could escape from being diagnosed with this problem?

Well there are a number of ways you can prevent diabetes.  In fact there are quiet a few steps you could take that would help you with your overall health and well being.

Most people will have what is known as pre-diabetes long before they have the actual disease. If your doctor has told you that you are pre-diabetic then now is the time to take some steps and get serious about making sure it doesn’t develop into type 2 diabetes.

Here are a number of action steps you can take daily that can stop this disease in its tracks:

  • First and foremost, if you are overweight you will need to reduce your weight. This is very important and is the first step to not only preventing diabetes but in improving your overall health and well-being.
  • Also important is being able to reduce or eliminate fat from your diet. Instead of eating fried foods try grilling or even baking foods and use low-fat or reduced fat products as well.
  • Check out the Glycemic Index of foods. This is important information because certain foods will increase your blood sugar while other will not effect it at all. You want to make sure you are eating foods that can help keep your blood sugar stable.
  • Get hydrated.  It is important to drink at least eight glasses of water a day and if you are overweight you should probably drink more.
  • Want a snack! Try eating healthy foods such as fruit or nuts rather than chips or a chocolate bar.
  • Exercise!  Get moving is a great way to prevent diabetes.  In fact, you will find you feel and look better and you just might have more energy as well. Try for 15-20 minutes a day.  Walking is probably the best way to get started and you don’t need any fancy equipment or a gym membership.

If you try to work some of these steps into your daily routine you just might improve your health and well-being and also help you from being another statistics for diabetes.

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