Foundation for Prevention
How do you know if you have prediabetes?
Most people with prediabetes do not know it, but some are suspicious. You should work with your doctor by getting the right type of testing. Do not be satisfied if you get a routine fasting blood sugar level once a year and are told it is normal. During the first few years of developing type 2 diabetes your body fights to bring blood sugar down to normal overnight. Your fasting glucose level may be perfectly normal but you are overworking your pancreas pumping out more and more insulin as your cells become insulin resistant. This insulin resistance is associated with the inflammation that causes damage to your organs. This can go on for years before diabetes is recognized. Sadly, many people are not recognized as diabetic until they develop heart disease, kidney failure, or peripheral neuropathy. The next section discusses some tests that your doctor may use to evaluate you properly.
Here are some hints that you may be either prediabetic or already suffering from type 2 diabetes.
Have you ever been told by a doctor you might have abnormal glucose (sugar), borderline diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart or kidney disease? Have you lost feeling in your feet or have tingling and burning sensations or told that you had a neuropathy? If you are a woman, have you ever been told you had polycystic ovary syndrome, or had a cyst diagnosed on your ovaries, or are troubled by facial hair, infertility, irregular periods or had excessive acne problems as a teen?
Have you been told you are significantly overweight or obese? Is your waist 40 inches or more if you were a man or 35 inches if your are a woman? (Measure at your waist, even if you wear a smaller size by letting your pants slide below your belly!) The numbers are even lower if your ancestry is Asian or Latin American.
Is there a lot of diabetes in your family? Had you ever thought you might be addicted to sweets or carbohydrates? Have you ever thought you might be hypoglycemic? Do you get nervous or anxious if you don't have a snack by midmorning? Do you have an ethnic background, such as Native American or African-American with high rates of diabetes?
These are just a few clues. If this seems like a lot, remember how widespread the diabetes epidemic is. The Center for Disease Control now estimates that one third of all adults in the United States will have diabetes by the year 2050!
The answer is to take this problem seriously now. Stop diabetes or prediabetes in its earliest stages without the need for insulin or expensive diabetic medication. You can regain control of your health through the right diet changes. If you are suspicious about diabetes, make the changes now. Get testing done with your physician, but make sure that the tests you get and the changes you make are the right ones.
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Reversing Diabetes using the New Hippocratic Diet®
Disclaimer and Cautions
This information is provided by Irving A. Cohen, MD, MPH. Dr. Cohen is the author of Diabetes Recovery: Reversing Diabetes with the New Hippocratic Diet®. He is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. He obtained his training in Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins University where he served as Chief Resident of Preventive Medicine. All information presented here is the opinion of Dr. Cohen and represents general information. If is not intended to offer individual medical advice. Individual medical advice should be obtained from the reader's personal physician.
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