Being diagnosed as pre-diabetic may seem like a serious sentence, but it really is more of a warning that your condition need not become permanent if you are committed to making some lifestyle changes. Here is what being pre-diabetic means, and what you can do about it.
Two Types of Diabetes – Type 2
There are two different types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2. While Type 2 can be alleviated and possibly even backtracked with proper diet and exercise, Type 1 diabetes cannot. As opposed to Type 2 diabetes, Type 1 is characterized by the body’s inability to produce insulin, the hormone necessary to process the sugar your body takes in. Pre-diabetes refers to the stage before your body is diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and occurs when your blood sugar level is higher than what is deemed normal, but has not yet reached the level of Type 2 Diabetes.
In these cases, your body may not be properly processing sugar, or glucose, after you ingest it. This means the sugar begins to accumulate in your body instead of fueling your muscles and tissues as it normally should. So, each time you consume food, for instance, a sandwich, the sugar from it will enter your bloodstream. Without insulin, it will not enter the cells and you will not feel the energy from said sandwich.
Patterns to Watch
So, what kind of patterns should you be keeping track of that could put you at risk for pre-diabetes? For starters, check your diet. What you’re consuming could be impacting how you continue processing sugar. Red and processed meats make your body work very hard to process it. Also, sugary drinks like juices, sports drinks and sodas are big culprits that elevate your sugar levels, putting you at a higher risk of pre-diabetes. You should also monitor your weight regularly; being overweight puts you at a higher risk of getting diabetes.
Quick and Easy Long-term Fixes for Pre-Diabetes
Again, being diagnosed as a pre-diabetic patient doesn’t have to be permanent if you take serious steps to make a change. Committing to lowering your sugar levels, eating more whole foods, fruits and vegetables, and exercising regularly to keep your weight down will all make a significant difference in bringing your sugar levels back to normal.
The Importance of Regular Diabetic Screenings
It’s important to talk to your doctor and have regular health screenings if you do believe you could be at risk for pre-diabetes, as the condition itself displays almost no obvious signs or symptoms. You may feel sluggish due to your body’s inability to properly process sugar, but it can vary. The more diligent you are with regular monitoring and healthy living, the more likely you are to prevent the long-term effects that come with full-on Type 2 diabetes.
The friendly staff at Advanced Medical welcomes your call and looks forward to serving you for any primary care services, including diabetes screening and care. For a full medical workup, to check your body’s sugar levels and to learn your risk for pre-diabetes or developing Type 2 diabetes, speak to the medical experts at Advanced Medical Clinic. Call us at (561) 434-1935 to schedule an appointment, or you can use our secure online appointment request form