Prediabeties defined

Welcome to the War On Diabetes Keeping It Simple Series. Today we answer the question, What is Prediabetes?
There’s that prefix – pre. How bad can it be? It’s not really diabetes.
That’s what I though when I was diagnosed with Prediabetes. A lot of folks who go on to get Type 2 Diabetes are first told they have Prediabetes. But do we listen? Not very often. I certainly didn’t.
I heard those urban legends about folks who had reversed Prediabetes. Every story involved long, sweaty workouts at the gym and those weren’t for me. And, those tofu diets. Just no. It was PRE-diabetes, after all.
So, what does it mean when you are diagnosed with Prediabetes? It’s a warning that if you don’t do anything, you are on the road to getting Type 2 Diabetes.
Okay, so you understand that Type 2 Diabetes usually follows Prediabetes. But, can you reverse Prediabetes, or delay the onset of full-blown Diabetes? The short, simple and true answer is YES.
First, how does your doctor know you have Prediabetes? You have been given an A1C blood test – they can determine through the magic of science how much sugar, aka glucose, has been in your blood during the last 60 to 90 days.
The results of this test generally fall between 4.0 and 13.0. Lower numbers are better. Up to 5.7, you’re good. 5.7 to 6.4 and diagnosed with Prediabetes. Above 6.5, and you have Type 2 Diabetes.
And, you are not alone. There are 86,000,000 people with Prediabetes in the United States. That’s the combined populations of Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois and Arizona. Every man, woman and child.
It just takes two simple steps to reverse, or slow, Prediabetes. Two simple steps – Diet and Exercise.
The Diet should be heavy on fresh vegetables, some fresh fruit, whole grains and proteins. See the plate? Use it as a guide. The great thing is that it’s a diet you can live very well with.
You might need to lose a little weight. How much? A loss of even 10% of your body weight can make a huge difference not just in fighting Prediabetes.
I really didn’t even like the idea of exercise. So, I chose one that I knew I would do – and you need to do the same thing. Take a look at the list of exercises and activities. Find ones you will do and do them.
With a just a little adjustment here and there, you can either reverse or slow Prediabete. Either result is great. And, by the way, you might just enjoy the best health of your life! You can do it.
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Which Sugar Substitute for my Morning Coffee?

By now you know sugar is the enemy if you are diabetic.   The more of the sweet stuff you swallow—whether it’s table sugar or organic honey—the more insulin your pancreas has to produce and release into your bloodstream in order to control your blood’s glucose levels. At some point, your overworked pancreas becomes incapable of producing enough insulin to manage the sugar in the blood, resulting in type-2 diabetes.

But what happens if you replace sugar with artificial sweeteners? The American Diabetes Association says on its website that sugar substitutes are safe by FDA standards, and “may help curb your cravings for something sweet.” But other experts are dubious.

People who consume diet soda on a daily basis are 36% more likely to develop metabolic syndrome and 67% more likely to develop type-2 diabetes than people who don’t drink diet or regular soda, found a 2009 study. That may seem damning until you consider that overweight or obese people—the groups most at risk for type-2 diabetes—may be more likely to drink diet soda in an attempt to lose weight than their slimmer friends.

A 2014 study from Israel found that artificial sweeteners changed the microbiotic makeup of rodents’ guts in ways linked to metabolic disease. For another recent study, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis had obese people sip either water or a beverage sweetened with sucralose (Splenda) 10 minutes before they consumed real sugar. The researchers were looking to see how everyone’s insulin levels would react to the sugar hit after being primed with either the artificial sweetener or water.

“If the sweetener was harmless, you would expect the test to be the same in both cases,” Lustig says. But Dr. Yanina Pepino, first author of the Washington University in St. Louis study, says the study participants’ bodies released roughly 20% more insulin following the artificial sweetener pre-treatment.

From my own research thus far I think Stevia is the safest bet for my morning coffee but my research continues.

If you are diabetic, comment and let me know what you are using and why?


I recently saw this exchange on Facebook so I know my experience was not isolated:



5 Supplements That Help Manage Type II Diabetes

By Lynn Allison   |   Thursday, 17 Nov 2016 03:56 PM

Experts say that in many cases, supplements can help manage Type 2 diabetes, the insulin-resistant form of the disease which is the most common in the United Sates.

“There have been countless studies on this topic,” Dr. Jennifer Stagg, author of “Unzip Your Genes: 5 Choices to Reveal a Radically Different You,” and a leading expert on gene modification.

Always check with your physician before adding any supplements to your regimen and don’t stop taking your medication.

Here are five well reviewed supplements that can help manage diabetes:

Chromium Solgar – Chromium Picolinate 500 mcg, 120 Vegetable Capsules New Price: $9.90 Old Price: $9.90 (as of 03/24/2018 19:50 America/New_York) . This essential trace mineral makes insulin more active by helping it bind to the insulin receptor, says Stagg. It is naturally occurring in meat, fish, fruits and vegetables, spices, whole wheat bread and rye breads.

As a supplement it is sold as chromium picolinate, chromium chloride and chromium niconitate. Recommended dosage is 200-1000 micrograms daily.

Biotin Biotin (High Potency) 5000mcg Per Veggie Softgel; Enhanced with Coconut Oil for better absorption; Supports Hair Growth, Glowing Skin and Strong Nails; 120 Mini-Veggie Softgels; Made In USA. New Price: $14.95 Old Price: $29.95You Save: $15.00 (as of 03/24/2018 19:50 America/New_York) . This vitamin helps with glucose management inside the cell through the enzyme glucokinase. “There have been mixed results due to genetic differences,” the expert tells Newsmax Health. Biotin is a coenzyme and a B vitamin often called vitamin H.

Research shows that the combination of chromium and biotin may improve blood sugar levels for people with Type 2 diabetes. This important vitamin which also staves off hair loss and depression is found naturally in wheat germ, whole-grain cereal, eggs, dairy products, Swiss chard, salmon and chicken. Stagg recommends 3-16 micrograms daily.

Vitamin D NatureWise Vitamin D3 5,000 IU for Healthy Muscle Function, Bone Health and Immune Support, Non-GMO in Cold-Pressed Organic Olive Oil,Gluten-Free, 1-year supply, 360 count New Price: $14.99 Old Price: $14.99 (as of 03/24/2018 19:50 America/New_York) . The “sunshine vitamin” improves the secretion of insulin from the pancreas. Studies have also shown that it also improves glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, says Stagg.

In spite of the name, vitamin D is actually considered to be a pro-hormone because the body is capable of producing its own vitamin D through the action of sunlight on the skin, while vitamins are nutrients that cannot be synthesized by the body and are only acquired through diet and supplements.

D-chiro-Inositol D-Chiro Inositol for PCOS | 90 Veggie Capsules | 50 mg per Serving | Vegetarian / Vegan | Potent PCOS, Fertility, and Reproductive Support | All Natural | 3-Month Supply New Price: $24.97 Old Price: $24.97You Save: $5.00 (as of 03/24/2018 19:50 America/New_York) . This chemical variant of inositol, a B vitamin, helps insulin work better because it improves the glucose pathway after the insulin has bound its receptor on a cell.

It may significantly lower the fasting glucose level, says Stagg, and since diabetics seem to excrete this compound more than others, supplementation—especially for women who may also have PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome and who are insulin resistant, may benefit from this complimentary addition.

You can find this nutrient in its highest concentration in buckwheat, soy lecithin and legumes such as lentil, chick peas and garbanzo beans. The recommended dosage for supplementation is 600-1200 milligrams daily.

Berberine Amazing Formulas Berberine 500mg 120 capsules - Supports Immune Function, Glucose Metabolism and Cardiovascular & Gastrointestinal Function New Price: $18.89 Old Price: $18.89 (as of 03/24/2018 19:50 America/New_York) . This natural alkaloid originated in China and India where it was used in Ayurvedic medicine. It’s found in the herbs goldenseal, goldthread and tree turmeric. Research has shown that it lowers blood glucose levels and in one study, those taking 500 milligrams of berberine daily for three months showed the same medical benefit as the drug metformin in diabetics.

In other words, berberine was able to control blood sugar levels as effectively as the most commonly used prescription drug. Other studies point out that this alkaloid can improve insulin sensitivity. The recommended dosage is 500 milligrams, three times daily.

The information presented on this website is not intended as specific medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical treatment or diagnosis.

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Seduced by Sugar Substitutes; Beware

Like many others newly diagnosed as diabetic or prediabetic I tried to find ways to avoid sugar.  I started drinking Coke Zero,  Alarmingly I noted that my neuropathy symptoms were getting worse and immediately after consuming a diet soda I felt my symptoms get worse.  I looked online to see what sweetner was used and found that Coke Zero and Diet Coke both contain Aspartame and I found that this artificial sweetner often causes issues for neuropathy sufferers.

Overall my blood sugar numbers are good but despite that the tingling sensations in my feet and now my hands continue.  So goodbye Coke Zero it’s been nice to know you but you gotta go.  I also mistakenly grabbed Splenda instead of Stevia at the store and was using it  in my morning coffee and Splenda does not have a good track record either.

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Researchers found that intake of aspartame significantly steepened the association between Body Mass Index (BMI) and glucose tolerance. Being obese can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, which develops when blood sugar levels are too high.

Additionally, the extremely popular artificial sweetener, aspartame, is made up of phenylalanine, aspartic acid and menthol. The first two chemicals mentioned are amino acids, which are known to set off the hormones, insulin and leptin. These hormones are not only connected with storing fat and feeling full, they’re also involved with managing your metabolism.

When our insulin and leptin levels get out of whack, we’re at a much greater risk for metabolic syndrome, diabetes and obesity.

Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, published a book revealing just how bad aspartic acid (which makes up 40% of aspartame) can be when consumed in large amounts.

Blaylock had close to 500 scientific references backing up his findings that show aspartic acid is “causing serious chronic neurological disorders and a myriad of other acute symptoms.”

Fake sugars tend to mess around with bacteria in the gut. Since our bodies don’t digest artificial sweeteners, it makes a beeline for the intestines and bothers the gazillions of bacteria that call our gut their home.

One study found Splenda (aka sucralose) shrank the bacteria population by 49.8% in only 12 weeks!

According to Dr. David Perlmutter, “these changes in the gut bacteria relate to metabolic changes that pave the way for diabetes.”

Nature published an article discussing a study on people who normally didn’t consume artificial sweeteners. Scientists examined how artificial sweeteners affected the gut bacteria among other things. They found the participants bacteria had been altered to a level already known to up your chances of developing metabolic syndrome.

A Time Magazine article mentioned the same study, revealing that after only four days of the seven day study, over “half of the people showed higher blood glucose levels.”

And when your blood glucose levels are consistently high, that’s not good.

The Americian Diabetes Association actually encourages diabetics to use artificial sweeteners. They state, “Foods and drinks that use artificial sweeteners are another option that may help curb your cravings for something sweet.”

One of the many reasons that I don’t pay a lot of attention to the American Diabetes Association or their recommendations.

But the many studies conducted over the last couple decades have found that diabetics should in fact break ties with artificial sweeteners.

The site, Diabetes Meal Plans says, “instead of [aspartame] being ‘safe’ for blood sugar, in many cases blood glucose levels increase when you consume artificial sweeteners.”

Also, a diabetics specialist researching aspartame found that it caused “poorer diabetic control in diabetics on insulin or oral drugs,” as well as provoking “diabetic complications such as retinopathy, cataracts, neuropathy and gastroparesis.”

You see, aspartame is notorious for lowering the serotonin in our brains. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter impacting many body functions such as appetite, sleep, learning, and wait for it…our mood! So if your serotonin levels start heading for the toity, it makes sense that your frame of mind would take a dip as well.

Often We battle depression by eating more.

In conclusion, Stevia seems to be the safest alternative to sugar I’ve found and the use of artificial sweetners seems to cause more problems for diabetics maybe even than using sugar itself so read labels and pay attention to how your body reacts to what you eat and drink.  I am hoping that these actions will help my health and possibly yours.

Comment on this post. I woud love to know your experiences and how you deal with diabetes.  Also if you could Like @suddenly diabetic on Facebook We might educate more people on this dangerous often undiagnosed disease.

Here is a recent thread on Facebook which paralleled my experience:

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6 Foods That Won’t Raise Your Blood Sugar Levels


6 Foods That Don’t Raise Blood Sugar Levels for Diabetic

1. Flaxseeds Flaxseeds are rich in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Adding 1 to 2 tbsp. of ground flaxseeds to your diet will not only not raise your blood sugar …

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DIabetes: Knowlege Vs. Action

A recent Fox News story talked about people becoming more aware of their diabetes risk via genetic testing and how this knowledge in of itself was not of benefit to the study participants.

“Overall, genetic risk information is becoming more and more common, and it’s reasonable to assume that given the decreases in sequencing costs genetic risk information will proliferate,” said lead study author Dr. Job Godino of the University of California, San Diego.

The big question, though, is whether genetic information can get people to take action, 

Globally, about one in nine adults have diabetes, and the disease will be the seventh leading cause of death by 2030, according to the World Health Organization.

Most  have Type 2, or adult-onset, diabetes, which happens when the body can’t properly use or make enough of the hormone insulin to convert blood sugar into energy.

Researchers analyzed data on 569 men and women born in England between 1950 and 1965 who didn’t have a diagnosis of diabetes or other chronic diseases.

Researchers looked at the participants’ individual risk of developing type 2 diabetes two ways.

First, they collected blood samples from the participants to screen for gene variants. They also looked at what’s known as phenotypic risk based on things like age and weight.

All of the participants received standard lifestyle advice on preventing diabetes.

In addition, researchers randomly assigned a third of the people in the study to get information on their genetic risk for diabetes and another third to get information on their phenotypic risk.

Eight weeks later, participants were fitted with a device to monitor physical activity for six days.

Compared to the control group of people who didn’t receive detailed information about their personal diabetes risk, participants who did get their personal risk information didn’t end up getting significantly more exercise, 


In conclusion, Knowing that you are diabetic or at risk of being diabetic  is important but taking action , modifying your diet and increasing your activity level and combatting stress are key factors in reducing  health risk associated with diabetes.