Hey! Happy New Year! Hope you’re having a fantastic week no matter when this finds you!
The topic of the day is prediabetes. Prediabetes is also known a little less formally by some as “borderline diabetes.” It’s the gray area between “normal” blood sugars and diabetes-level blood sugars. Here’s one of my best analogies: if being in the house means you have diabetes, then prediabetes is like standing on the doorstep but not having run the doorbell yet. Are you with me?
You might wonder how any of this pertains to you. What if I told you that 1 in every 3 adults has prediabetes? Many have it but have not been told they have it. If no changes in lifestyle or treatment are made, prediabetes will typically progress into type 2 diabetes. While still a manageable condition, type 2 diabetes is not one that any of us desire.
The CDC has developed a prediabetes risk quiz that is only 7 questions long and will take you less than a minute to complete! Click here to take their quiz and to find out TONS more information on prediabetes. Knowledge is power!
If you are at risk for prediabetes, or if you have been told you have it, you are able to turn things around. Regularly exercising reduces risk significantly. Eating real foods that are rich in nutrients and reducing (not avoiding) carbohydrates reduces risk. Limiting/avoiding sugary beverages (fruit juice, soda, sweet tea, etc.) reduces risk.
Holistic approaches that involve stress reduction, physical activity, and good nutrition are the cornerstone of reversing prediabetes. The same exact measures that help prevent diabetes can help manage it. Even more important to understand is that nutrition optimization is critical with or without prediabetes, diabetes, or any other chronic condition. Nutrition impacts literally every single aspect of our health, regardless of what we’ve been diagnosed with.