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.
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.
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 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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