Prediabetes is a condition where the body's cells begin to show resistance to insulin. Glucose stays in the blood instead of being used by the cells for energy, resulting in blood sugar levels becoming elevated.
When the blood sugar levels are not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes, but still higher than the norm, then the term "Prediabetes" is used.
It has also been called borderline diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance and/or impaired fasting glucose.
This is a very serious metabolic condition that should never be ignored.
The long-term damage of diabetes may already be starting.
Get control of your blood sugar levels as soon as possible with healthy lifestyle changes.
Left untreated, prediabetes often progresses to type 2 diabetes.
It is not all doom and gloom, going from prediabetes to full blown type 2 diabetes can be prevented. Including physical activity in your daily routine, coupled with eating healthy foods and maintaining a healthy weight, can bring your blood sugar levels back to normal.
More often than not, prediabetes does not show any signs or symptoms. You could have prediabetes and not even know it.
It is important to know the symptoms of high blood sugar and be on the lookout for them.
Researchers do not fully understand exactly why this happens, although excess weight and lack of exercise seem to be important factors.
To understand prediabetes, it is necessary to have a basic understanding of how glucose (a simple sugar) is normally processed in the body.
Glucose is a main source of energy for the cells that make up your
muscles and other tissues. When you eat, your digestive system breaks
down the food into glucose and other nutrients.
The glucose enters your bloodstream. Insulin helps glucose move from your bloodstream into cells in your body where it will be used for energy.
Insulin is a hormone that is produced by the pancreas. When you eat and
the glucose is released into the blood stream, the pancreas secretes
insulin into your bloodstream.
Insulin reacts with the insulin receptors of the individual cells, thus allowing the glucose into the cells.
You could say that insulin acts like a key that unlocks the cell doors for the glucose to enter.
As your blood sugar level drops, so does the production of insulin by your pancreas. You need insulin for the glucose to be utilized.
When you have prediabetes, this process is working incorrectly. Your
cells become resistant to the action of the insulin and/or your pancreas
does not secrete enough insulin.
Instead of being used by the cells for energy, the sugar builds up in your bloodstream.
The factors that determine the risk for type 2 diabetes are the same for developing prediabetes.
Polycystic ovary syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome. (Syndrome X)
Suffering from hypertension. (High blood pressure)
Recently diagnosed with Insulin Resistance.
The steps needed to prevent prediabetes are the same ones that are used to treat the condition. Except for the medications that some prediabetics need to take.
To bring your blood sugar levels back to normal and/or to prevent it
from rising to full-blown diabetes levels, you need to make healthy
This is not something new; everybody on this planet should be doing it.
An active healthy lifestyle could even reverse your prediabetes condition, if you take it seriously.
You do not like to change? Then consider this:
You are at a point in your life, with certain habits and ways. You arrived at this point in your life due to changes in your life. Mostly without your active participation in the decisions that led you here, nonetheless, it is changes.
The moral of this is, embrace the changes in your life, or it will embrace you. You decide on what changes are necessary and actively pursue it; otherwise, the changes will chase you, and overcome you.
Take it one step at a time, day by day, take it seriously and soon you will be living a healthier lifestyle.
Every morning, as you get up, resolve to do two things that day:
Eat healthy foods and do some physical activity.
Do this today, then again tomorrow, try it the next day and the next, until it becomes habit, as natural as brushing your teeth.
Then continue until it becomes second nature, as easy as breathing, then you will be comfortable with it and would not like it to change, ever.
Taking a very positive, proactive attitude towards healthy habits, can
only help and not hurt, as long as the approach used is reasonable and
What do you have to lose, except a possible diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and all the trouble and hassles that come with it?
So, what is a healthy lifestyle?
Lose excess pounds.
Treatment with medications
Medications where needed.
If you have prediabetes, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, PCOS,
or impaired glucose tolerance, you need to take it very, very seriously.
If you do not, your condition will only get worse.
Making healthy choices now can prevent type 2 diabetes or even reverse your prediabetes.
Prediabetes can be reversed or even cured with a positive attitude towards a healthy lifestyle. Do not go back to your previous lifestyle, as the condition will only return and you will be worse off.
It is your choice if you want to fight the disease or let it continue
its course. You have to make the decision; nobody else can do it for
It really is up to you.
Please consult the services of your
doctor and/or other members of your health care team
before implementing any of the advice contained on this site.
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