Prediabetes ; Not the End of The World

Almost 90 million Americans have it, but even though the condition can carry long-term life-threatening consequences, they may have no idea of the dangers.

Prediabetes  which, in up to 30 percent of cases, can lead to full-blown Type 2 diabetes within five years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .

“It’s not a doomsday message, and it doesn’t mean you have to turn your whole world upside down because you’re prediabetic,” says Renu Mansukhani, a doctor at the National Center for Weight and Wellness in Washington in a recent Wahington Post article.

“Even just small lifestyle changes can make a big difference,” Mansukhani says.

First, , if you get a blood test back that indicates you are prediabetic, talk to your doctor about what it means and whether you should retake the test, as false positives are common.

If a second test comes back positive, make small, incremental lifestyle changes that will improve the condition for most people — but not all.

Diet: The first piece of the puzzle


One thing you do have control over is what you eat on a daily basis.

Having prediabetes doesn’t mean you can never eat a doughnut again, but it needs to be a rare treat.

The idea is to replace  simple carbohydrates (such as processed foods, fruit and milk products) with complex ones (whole grains, beans and vegetables), says Rebecca Scritchfield, a registered dietitian in Washington.

“You want to get quality carbs with lots of fiber with each meal. Combine that with protein and fat, and you can avoid spikes in your blood sugar,” Scritchfield says.

Still, she doesn’t suggest that you cut out fruit because it’s relatively high in sugar.

Pick fruits with less sugar — like berries and kiwi,” she says.

Fruit juices, though, should be avoided. They lack fiber and are high in sugar, a combination that often creates blood sugar spikes.

So instead of a glass of orange juice, eat an orange and drink a glass of water.

Along with complex carbs such as vegetables (which should take up half your plate), your meal should have protein and fat, which will help you feel satiated and “stop you from overeating carbs.


Exercise-The Second Piece

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But there is another way — along with food changes, or by itself — to reduce the amount of sugar getting stuck in your bloodstream: Exercise.

Because sugar is the No. 1 fuel that muscles use for movement, exercise helps lower blood sugar.

“The big, overarching thing about exercise is that it is one of the most efficient ways to reduce insulin resistance [and lower blood glucose levels],” says Kyle Stull, a master instructor for the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Insulin is a hormone created in the pancreas that helps deliver sugar (from food) to the muscle cells (for movement).

When insulin is resistant, it is less effective in getting the sugar — the fuel — to the muscle cells.

But with exercise, insulin becomes more sensitive, Stull says, and some studies show that blood glucose levels fall by as much as 15 percent or more after aerobic exercise.

In fact, one study showed that just 20 minutes of moderate exercise could reduce diabetes risk by 46 percent.

It has also been shown that exercise even without weight loss can reduce the risk significantly but that weight loss combined with exercise is even more effective.

What kind of exercise is the most effective, and how much of it should you do?

The recommended amount of moderate aerobic training is 30 minutes per day, he says. You can also shorten the duration and up the intensity for similar improvements, he says.

Resistance training has also been shown to help control blood sugar, and a benefit of resistance training is the building of lean body mass, leading to improved resting metabolic rate and weight loss.

“The main thing is to do something,” Stull says. “Time is the biggest obstacle. But if you can just do 10 to 20 minutes, it will make a difference.”

What if you make all these positive changes and your blood glucose level still isn’t going down — and maybe it even goes up over time?

“It’s not your fault,” Mansukhani says. “We know there is a group that doesn’t respond. In their case, medication might be necessary.” Some patients even undergo weight-loss surgery to help deal with their increased risk,

Bear in mind that incremental lifestyle changes that encourage less stress, more sleep, healthier eating and more exercise have benefits beyond diabetes prevention.   Remember, baby steps.

“Don’t try to cut carbs completely — you’re setting yourself up. But maybe choose an apple instead of an apple crisp or doughnut,” Scritchfield says.

Change your diet and add some exercise and monitor and track your blood sugar and you will be headed in the right direction.



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Dr. Jason Fung- A radical new approach to reversing Type II Diabetes

Dr. Fung details the real cause of Type II and Pre-Diabetes.

Insulin Resistance caused by Carb overload in our diets.

His opinion is that the emphasis on lowering blood sugar ignores the true issue and the overuse of medication just makes the diabetic more and more sick.  This is an important video worth watching and may change your attitude about  how you decide to treat your diabetes.

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Reversing Type 2 diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines | Sarah Hallberg | TEDxPurdueU

Can a person be “cured” of Type 2 Diabetes? Dr. Sarah Hallberg provides compelling evidence that it can, and the solution is simpler than you might think.


Mark’s Note:I agree 100% with what she says.  Take away the cause! (Carbs)  The American Diabetes Association is not someone I listen to.  I don’t agree with their guidelines in particular for carbs.

Diabetes Fast Facts

( CNN ) Here’s a look at diabetes , a disease that affects millions of people around the world.

Diabetes is distinguished by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both. The illnes can lead to serious complications such as blindness, kidney damage, cardiovascular disease, limb amputations and premature death .

Facts :
Worldwide, the number of people living with the potentially fatal illness has quadrupled since 1980, to more than 400 million , according to the World Health Organization( WHO ).

29. 1 million people in the United States have diabetes, about 9.3% of the population . Of this number, 8.1 million( 27.8%) remained undiagnosed .

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States .

There are several types of diabetes:Prediabeties, Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational diabetes .

Prediabetes occurs when blood glucose levels is more important than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Before developing Type 2 diabetes, people almost always have prediabetes. Research has shown that some long-term damage to the body may occur during prediabetes .
Type 1 diabetes develops when the body’s immune system destroys pancreatic beta cells, the only cells in the body that make insulin. This form of diabetes usually strikes children and young adults. Merely 5-10% of the persons with diabetes have Type 1. Risk factors for Type 1 diabetes may be autoimmune, genetic or environmental. There is no known style to avoid Type 1 diabetes .
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells do not use insulin properly. Type 2 diabetes is the most common kind of diabetes and in adults, it accounts for about 90% to 95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. It is associated with older age, obesity , family history, physical inactivity and race/ ethnicity. It is more common in African Americans, Latino Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. Type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents, although still rare, is being diagnosed more frequently .

Gestational diabetes is a form of glucose fanaticism diagnosed during pregnancy. It affects about 4% of all pregnant women. A diagnosis of gestational diabetes doesn’t mean that a woman had diabetes before she conceived, or that she will have diabetes after giving birth .

Other types of diabetes result from genetic conditions, surgery, drugs, infections and other illness. Such types of diabetes account for 1% to 5% of all diagnosed lawsuits .
Possible Symptoms  of Diabetes includes:
Frequent urination
Excessive thirst
Unexplained weight loss
Extreme hunger
Sudden changes in vision
Numbness in hands or feet
Dry skin
Slow healing wounds
Frequent infections
Complications :
Adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates about two to four times higher than adults without diabetes .

The risk for stroke is two to four times higher among people with diabetes .

People with diabetes are at high risk for high blood pressure

Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20 -7 4 years .

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure .

Between 60% and 70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe different forms of nervous system damage or neuropathy .

More than 60% of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur on people with diabetes .
U.S. Diabetes Statistics :
An estimated 86 million people 20 or older have pre-diabetes .

21 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes .

29. 1 million, or 9.3% of the U.S. population have diabetes .

8. 1 million people have diabetes, but have not been diagnosed .

28. 9 million, or 12.3% of all people 20 years or older have diabetes .

208, 000 people under 20 years old have type 1 or type 2 diabetes .

11. two million, or 25.9% of all people 65 or older have diabetes .

15. 5 million, or 13.6% of all men aged 20 years or older have diabetes .

13. 4 million, or 11.2% of all women aged 20 years or older have diabetes .

2012 – 1.7 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older .

November 16, 2012 – The CDC releases a report showing that 18 countries had a 100% or more increased number of the prevalence of diabetes from 1995 to 2010. Forty-two states ensure an increase of at the least 50% .

May 4, 2015 – A analyze published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation sees a possible connection between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Prediabetes: Identify And Reverse The Symptoms

As we get older, we all know that there are a few aches and pains that your body just cant shake off the same way it used to.

Your knees ache after an hour or two kneeling in the garden, and your shoulders start to bother you if you forget to stretch them out… These are all just part of your body changing as you age.

Of course, while manyillnesses and injuries are often chalked up to the inevitable aging process, some are actually highly preventable.

Chief among these is Type 2 diabetes, an increasingly common illness that affects how your body stores and processes glucose.

Its an illness that requires constant maintenance and can put you at risk for all sorts of complications, not to mention reduced lifestyle quality.

Fortunately, its also an illness with lots of warning signs. Learning how to spot these early, and stop them in their tracks, could make another unavoidable part of aging, well, a whole lot more avoidable.

Check out our quick and simple guide to understanding your prediabetes symptoms below!

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What Are The Signs Of Prediabetes?
Sign #1: Blurry Vision


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Prediabetes usually involves your blood sugar dipping and spiking frequently.

All that imbalance can affect your eyes, and make it hard for you to focus them, even with the help of corrective lenses.

If your sight is fine in the morning, and everything is fuzzy at the edges by nighttime, that’s not your prescription getting worse; that’s a sign your blood sugar is out of whack.

Regulating your sugar intake should eliminate the blurriness, without a trip to the eye doctor.

Sign #2: Excessive Thirst


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We all need around eight full glasses of water a day, with some minor variation, and staying hydrated is great for your health.

That said, if you find that you are constantly thirsty and always need to guzzle water, it may be a sign that your body is trying to sort out your glucose levels.

If your sugar is too high, your body will attempt to flush it out with water, meaning that you’ll end up taking twice as many bathroom trips thanks to all that excess hydration.

Sign #3: Stubborn Injuries


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Having a lot of extra glucose in your blood can thicken your blood and make circulation sluggish.

We all know poor circulation can result in chilly hands and feet, not to mention pins-and-needles in your limbs, but it could also mean that you have a harder time healing minor wounds.

This is especially true for injuries to the hands and feet, which are the farthest from the heart.

So if you have a stubborn hangnail, or a blister that just won’t recover, it could be a sign of excess blood sugar.

Sign #4: Darkening Skin


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One of the classic signs of prediabetes has to do with your skin cells.

All that extra sugar encourages skin cells to reproduce faster, and it’s especially noticeable in areas of the body where skin cells sloughoff more slowly.

Check the back of your neck, your underarms, and the creases of your elbows.

If you have patches of skin that are a few shades darker than your normal skin tone, and smooth and velvety to the touch, that’s often a sign of prediabetes.

How Can I Reverse Symptoms Of Prediabetes?
Solution # 1: Talk To A Doctor


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If you suspect you have prediabetes, your first step should be toschedule an appointment with your doctor.

Your doctor can perform a blood test to check your blood glucose levels, and determine your risk for developing diabetes.

A doctor willbe able to help you build a nutrition and exercise plan, and can help connect you with a nutritionist or trainer if that’s something you’re interested in.

Solution #2: Skip Sweets


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Even if you don’t go to a dedicated nutritionist, be your own best caretaker and make sure you cut your sugar intake substantially.

Cut out the obvious culprits completely, things like donuts and sugary cereals that are high in carbohydrates and extra sugars.

Now, make sure to check for some more unexpected sugar sources.

Juice and smoothies seem healthy but are often full of unnecessary sugars, as are many pasta sauces, salad dressings, and crackers and breads.

Solution #3: Add Whole Grains


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Instead, consider substituting many of those sugar-hiding culprits with whole foods that will help balance out your glucose levels.

Whole oatmeal (not instant) with fresh fruit is a great option for breakfast and snacks, and swapping in whole grain pastas and bread can make a big difference at dinner or lunchtime.

All of these whole grains are more heart-healthy, and research shows that they help promote your body’s insulin production, which is responsible for regulating blood sugar.

Solution #4: Keep A Food Journal


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One of the easiest ways to get off-track and resume a sugar-heavy diet is to eat without paying attention.

As we noted earlier, sugar is hidden in all sorts of unexpected places. You can keep a better handle on your intake if you keep track of everything you eat during the day in a food journal.

When possible, it’s also a good idea to note calories intake and sugar grams, to make sure you aren’t going over the recommended 2,000 calories and 25 grams of sugar.

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Houston’s health crisis: By 2040, one in five residents will be diabetic

Regularly dubbed Americas fattest city, Houstonites dietary selections are merely one element of its spiraling diabetes problem. Can anything be done to reversal this deadly and very costly disease in a city addicted to sugar and cars?

Diabetes is so common in Patricia Graham’s neighborhood that it has its own slang term. At churches you run into people you haven’t seen in years, and they say, Ive got sugar, she says.

Graham does not quite have sugar, but when foot surgery in 2014 reduced her activity level, her blood sugar level rose. And there is a history of diabetes in their own families: three of four brothers and her mother, who lost a leg to it.

So three times a week she comes to the smart, modern Diabetes Awareness and Wellness Network( Dawn) centre in Houston’s third ward, a historically African American district near downtown. Used by about 520 people a month, Dawn is in effect a free, city-run gym and supporting group for diabetics and pre-diabetics: a one-stop shop for inspiration, information and perspiration. Last Friday Graham, 68, was there for a walk-to session.

Not that she or the half-dozen other participants went anywhere. This was strolling on the spot to pulsating music. Had the class stepped outside they would have enjoyed perfect conditions for a saunter: a blue sky and a temperature of 21 C. If they had worked up an appetite, a soul food eatery was only a 15 -minute walk away, serving celebrated( if not exactly sugar-free) food that belies its unpromising locating in a standard shopping center on a busy road next to a dialysis centre.

But most of Houston is not built for walk-to, even on a sunny January day. Theres the constant traffic belching fumes that persist in the humid air; the uneven sidewalks that have a pesky habit of fading halfway along the street; the sheer distances to cover in this elongated, ever-expanding metropolis. Walking can feel like a transgressive act against Houston’s car-centric culture of convenience and its status as the capital of the north American oil and gas industry.

Its one reason why Houston regularly finishes top, or close, in surveys that crown Americas fattest city. Unsurprisingly, it has a diabetes problem as outsized as its residents waistlines. By 2040, one in five Houstonians is predicted to have the disease.

According to data from pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the city is 9.1% with an estimated one in four of these being undiagnosed. Almost a third of adult Houstonians self-describe as obese, according to a 2010 -1 1 survey. Without action, the number of people with diabetes is projected to virtually treble by 2040 to 1.1 million people, with diabetes-related costs soaring from $4.1 billion in 2015 to $11.4 billion by 2040.

Graham is alarmed by the damage diabetes is wreaking on her community. I was talking to my friends and saying, so many of the person or persons we grew up with got diabetes and lost limbs, she says. Its not even so much the seniors any more, its the young people. But it doesnt scare them. They act like they’re not afraid.

Another Dawn member, Verne Jenkins, was diagnosed three years ago. I had picked up a little bit of weight that I shouldnt have, says the 63 -year-old. I knew what to eat, I knew what I was doing, I just got out of control.

Jenkins loves to bake but has cut back on carbs, red meat, salt and sugar, abstaining from one of her guilty pleasures, German chocolate cake. Not that its easy in a city with so many options: All these wonderful eateries, all these different kinds of cuisines, of course youre going to try some. I imagine it leads to our delinquency, she says.

Graham has watched her diet since she was in her 20 s. I eat pretty good, she said. She eats like white folks thats what they tell me!

Time poverty

Diabetes is a major cause of death, blindness, kidney illness and amputations in the US. While federal researchers announced last year that the rate of new diabetes examples fell from 1.7 million in 2009 to 1.4 million in 2014, in Texas the percentage of diagnosed adults rose from 9. 8 % in 2009 to 11% in 2014.

Houston, Americas fourth-largest city, is one of five participating in the Cities Changing Diabetes program, along with Mexico City, Copenhagen, Tianjin and Shanghai. Vancouver and Johannesburg are soon to join the project, which attempts to understand, publicise and combat the threat through cultural analysis.

The majority of people with diabetes live in cities, says Jakob Riis, an executive vice-president at Novo Nordisk, one of the lead partners in the program alongside the Steno Diabetes Center and University College London. We need to rethink cities so that they are healthier to live in otherwise were not really addressing the root cause of the problem.

One of the programmes key and perhaps surprising findings, however, is that assessing the risk of developing diabetes is not as simple as dividing the population according to income and race. The problem is broad much like Houston itself.

The prevalence of type 2 diabetes in Houston is 9.1%. 

The view stretches for miles from Faith Foremans eighth-floor office next to the Astrodome, the famous old indoor baseball stadium. Its an impressive sight, but for someone tasked with tackling the citys diabetes epidemic, also a fretting one: the sheer scale of the urban sprawl is part of the problem. The threat of the disease has expanded along with the city.

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A low cost of living and a strong jobs market helped Houston become one of the fastest growing urban areas in the US. In answer, the city loosened its beltways. Its third major ring road is under building, with a northwestern segment set to open soon that is some 35 miles from downtown.

Once completed, the Grand Parkway whose northwestern segment has just opened will boast a circumference of about 180 miles. That is far in excess of the 117 miles of the M25, although about 14 million people live inside the boundary of Londons orbital motorway, more than twice as many as reside in the Houston area.

Large homes sprout in the shadow of recently opened sections, promising cheap middle-class living with a heavy cost: a commute to central Houston of up to 90 minutes each way during rush hour, with minimal modes of public transport options.
A lot of time in Houston is spent in a car, says Foreman, assistant director of Houstons Department of Health and Human Service. This informs one of the Cities Changing Diabetes studys most notable findings: that time poverty is among the risk factors in Houston for developing type 2 diabetes.

This means that young, relatively well-off people can also be considered a vulnerable population segment, even though they might not fit the traditional profile of people who may develop type 2 diabetes the hell is, aged over 45, with high blood pressure and a high BMI, and perhaps disadvantaged through poverty or a lack of health insurance.

You generally think of marginalised, lower income communities in poverty as your keys to health disparities but I think what we learned from our data in Houston is that we now have to expand the definition of what vulnerable is and what at-risk means. Just because we live in an urban environment, we may all indeed be vulnerable, says Foreman.

In other words , not only its residents dietary selections but the way Houston is constructed as a city appears to be contributing to its diabetes problem, so tackling the issue requires architects as well as physicians; more sidewalks as well as fewer steaks.

Pamphlets offered at supermarkets are part of campaigns to improve feeing habits and reduce diabetes in Houston

Urban isolation is a key challenge, says David Napier of UCL, the lead academic for Cities Changing Diabetes. Houston is growing so quickly and also expanding geographically at such a rapid rate. When you look at how difficult it is for people only to get out and stroll, or stroll to work; the fact that so many people commute long distances, expend a lot of time feeing out they have a number of obstacles to overcome, he says.

A city with notoriously lax planning regulations is now making a conscious effort to set more care into its constructed surrounding, with more modes of public transport, expanded bike roads, better parks and denser, more walkable neighborhoods all evident in recent years, even as the suburbs continue to swell.

Foremans agency has more input when officers collect to map out the future city. That is something that has been a big change over the last two or three years in Houston, she says. We are at the table and we are working with city planning to stimulate those decisions.

But prevention is a vital focus as well as treatment. Along with his team, Stephen Linder of the University of Texas school of public health the local academic result for Houstons Cities Changing Diabetes research gathered data on 5,000 households in Harris County, which includes much of the Houston area.

One way to approach such projects wasnt to focus on diabetes itself but rather to look at some of the preconditioned social factors that seemed to generate the patterns of living that then led to the clinical signs that would designate people as being prediabetic, he says from his office at the Texas Medical Center near downtown Houston the worlds largest medical complex.

These were people who had neither disadvantage nor biological risk factors. They tended to be the youngest group and would normally escape any kind of appraisal we called them the time-pressured-young. Theyre the ones who did the long commutes; theyre the ones whose perception was they could not manage their days worth of stuff, that they have no time for anything.

For this group, obesity is so prevalent in Houston that it distorts an understanding of what a healthy weight is, Linder saw. Their perception of their health was affected by their peers as opposed to other sorts of references. If all of their peers were overweight then in a relative sense the latter are fine. The judgments were about ones peers and not relative to any sort of expert criterion, he says.

Three neighborhoods were identified as having the highest concentration of people vulnerable to developing diabetes, and a Dallas-area research company, 2M, conducted detailed interviews with 125 residents. One place was particularly surprising: Atascocita, a desirable middle-class area near a large lagoon and golf course, about 30 miles north of downtown.

Houston is one of the fastest growing urban areas in the US. 

Houston has become, according to a 2012 Rice University study, the most ethnically diverse big metropolitan area in the US. But this cosmopolitan air one of the qualities sought by any place seeking to become a globally renowned city may also unwittingly be contributing to the diabetes crisis, the study found.

Some in Atascocita, Linder said, emphasised this sense of change and transition in their neighborhoods, that that was a source of stress for them and that they were resistant to constructing the changing nature of their own lives given the flux that was around them. Because that group happened to be older, even though they were economically procure they did have some other chronic diseases and they satisfied our biorisk characteristics.

We call them concerned seniors. They weren’t constructing changes because there was too much else going on for them. And so if we were to say to them youve got to change your diet, they would say no, I can’t handle any more changes.

This matters since food portions are no exception to the everythings bigger in Texas cliche, while Houstons location near Mexico and the deep south, its embracing of the Lone Star countries love of barbecued red meat and its enormous various forms of eateries serving international cuisine combine to unhealthy effect.

The food that had a traditional aspect to it tended not to be the healthiest food southern food thats fried and lots of butter and lots of starch, then theres African American soul food and then theres Hispanic heavy fat, prepared tamales and the like, and so we saw people various kinds of gravitated to what the UCL people called nourishing traditions, Linder said.

People use food as not only a strengthening of tradition and ritual but also as a way of connecting socially. Youve moved here from somewhere else, its a way to reinforce your identity, its a real cultural asset to have, but in a biological sense its not the best thing.

For Linder, one lesson is that generalised advice about healthy eating that has long been part of diabetes awareness efforts may not be effective locally, given the complexity and various forms of Houstons neighborhoods and the social factors that stimulate populations vulnerable to diabetes.

It does stimulate the task of dietary change a much more complex one than the simple messages about changing your diet, eat more fruit and veggies, get more colors on your plate proposed to. Those things bounce off, its not a useful situated of interventions then for that particular group who rely on these nourishing traditions and find some consolation in the change around them, he said.

Foreman agrees that a targeted approach is vital. How do you change diabetes in Houston? One neighborhood at a time, in a sense, but at the same day you have bigger things that you can change systemwide in policies and how you work together collaboratively, she said. But then as you narrow it and get more granular it is neighborhood, and what works in one neighborhood may or may not work in another.

Patricia Graham can only hope the Dawn program expands to other parts of the city to combat the dangerous union of unhealthy traditional food with a modern convenience culture. Everything is food, and I mean lots of it and all the time, she said. Some people don’t know how to cook without grease or butter. Thats only the way we learn.

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How To Monitor and Track Your Blood Sugar

How To Monitor and Track Your Blood Sugar

In the above video you saw how simple it was to monitor and track your blood sugar levels using the Freestyle Precision Neo Test Kit.  You probably now have questions about how often you should be testing your blood sugar and what readings you should be looking for and what they mean.

How Often Should I Test?

To answer that question depends on where you are on the diabetes spectrum.  Remember these are guidelines only and this is something you should discuss with your doctor.  This information is from everything I have personally read and learned so far on  my journey.


If you are not currently taking diabetic medication:

Sunday- No testing required

Monday-Test before breakfast and two hours after breakfast (Before 70-100 mg/dl fasting or 70-120 mg/dl if not fasting, After meal 1-2 hours, < 140mg/dl)

Tuesday- No testing required

Wednesday- Test before lunch and two hours after lunch

Thursday- No testing required

Friday- Test before and two hours after dinner

Saturday- Test at bedtime

Type II Diabetic taking Diabetic Medication but not Insulin

Monday- Test before breakfast and 2 hours after breakfast (Before 70-140mg/dl, After <160mg/dl)

Tuesday- No testing required

Wednesday- Test before and after lunch

Thursday- No testing required

Friday- Test before and after dinner

Saturday- No testing required

Sunday- Test before bedtime

Type II Diabetic taking Insulin or Type I Diabetic

Sunday- Test upon waking, before lunch, before your afternoon snack, before dinner or at bedtime; and before exercising or driving (80-140 mg/dl fasting, 80-160 mg/dl,- premeal range,overall < 180 mg/dl)

Monday- Same as Sunday

Tuesday- Same as Sunday

Wednesday- Same but test after your meals as well

Thursday- Same as Sunday

Friday-  Same as Wednesday

Saturday- Same as Sunday


Important Recordkeeping

Record your daily test results and consider keeping a food diary of what you are eating.  Also, keep track of your portion sizes, if possible, particularly of carbohydrates consumed.  If your numbers are high or out of range, you can cut back the portion or eliminate the offending food all together.  Remember though your level of physical activity, amount of sleep, stress level etc., not just your food intake effect on your blood sugar.

Education.. Action..Attitude

Learning more about diabetes — taking action to monitor and record your results when testing your blood sugar and not allowing the minor pain and inconvenience of testing to make you a victim of diabetes.

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Pre-Diabetes Diagnosis-Be Thankful



If you have a Pre-Diabetes  diagnosis then be thankful. Now before you think I’ve gone crazy here me out.

I got a Pre-Diabetes diagnosis and believe me my first thoughts were not ones of gratitude but were more of the why me variety. After a little reflection I realized I was fortunate because I had an opportunity to take action to improve my health hopefully before too much damage was done.

Why Me?

The answer to the Why Me part was easy. Diabetes can be a hereditary disease. My Mom and her Mom had diabetes. My Mom progressed into being a Type 1 Diabetic. She had a lot of complications from the disease. She struggled to eat right and to keep her blood sugar levels in an acceptable range. My brother is diabetic. I was and am overweight and in the past few years have became more sedentary. I enjoy food, like to cook and barbecue, and enjoy a cold beer as much as any other guy. I also like carbs,not just the liquid kind like beer or a Coke but rice (Cajun food), bread, etc. Yup, a regular fat poster boy for Diabetes.

 Pre-Diabetes Definition: An A1C Test Result between 5.7-6.4,Fasting Blood Sugar of 100-125 mg/dl
Blood sugar is elevated but not yet high enough to be called Diabetes
diabetes infographics photo
Photo by National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The Mayo Clinic Staff lists these factors that also might indicate you might be Pre- Diabetic or at risk of becoming diabetic:

Ask your doctor about blood glucose screening if you have any risk factors for pre-diabetes, such as:

You’re overweight, with a body mass index above 25

You’re inactive
You’re age 45 or older
You have a family history of type 2 diabetes
You’re African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, Asian-American or a Pacific Islander
You developed gestational diabetes when you were pregnant or gave birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds (4.1 kilograms)
You have poly-cystic ovary syndrome — a condition characterized by irregular menstrual periods, excess hair growth and obesity
You have high blood pressure
Your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is below 35 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) (0.9 millimoles per liter, or mmol/L) or your triglyceride level is above 250 mg/dL (2.83 mmol/L)

If you are Pre-Diabetic and do nothing studies have shown that within 10 years you will develop Type II Diabetes.


If you scored high on either of these tests please have your doctor evaluate your risk further and get an A1C and fasting blood glucose test conducted. If you are pre-diabetic or diabetic take action to preserve your health.
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