Reverse Pre-Diabetes NOW!
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. And this begs the question – do you know if you have diabetes? Do you regularly get your blood glucose checked with your health care provider at least once a year? There is value to having a regular check-up because it so much easier to get control of glucose when you first see the numbers moving up, rather than waiting until you have a diabetes diagnosis.
Have your Hemoglobin A1C checked if fasting glucose is out of range (normal glucose is 70-99 mg/dl). The A1C reflects the average of your glucose over the past 3 months.
Normal A1C is 5.6 or less
Pre-Diabetes A1C is 5.7-6.4
Type 2 Diabetes A1C is 6.5 and higher
What is your A1c?
Pre-Diabetes rarely has symptoms so you have to get the blood work done for it to be picked up. If you are diagnosed with pre-diabetes but just sit on it, making no lifestyles changes, it will almost certainly develop into type 2 diabetes within 10 years.
What to do if your glucose is up? Assess your lifestyle – is there anything that might affect your risk for developing pre-diabetes?
- An unhealthy diet with a lot of processed refined foods that spike your glucose levels?
- No daily activity or exercise?
- Do you carry excess weight in the mid-section?
These all increase your risk for pre-diabetes, AND they are all changeable.
If you receive the diagnosis of pre-diabetes, don’t panic. There is so much that you can do to reverse this diagnosis. And it does not take drastic changes – but, you will want to do something! Do you go to the gym three times a week? That leaves 4 other days to be active because you do have pre-diabetes 7 days a week. Do you eat a lot of refined carbohydrate foods? Just cutting back can be a benefit. Or make a switch in the form of carbohydrate, for ex. from apple juice to a fresh apple. The small changes add up to big health improvements!