Diabetes and pre-diabetes ARE reversible.
New science shows that it’s possible, through an aggressive approach of lifestyle, nutritional support, and occasionally medications.
It is important to diagnose Type 2 diabetes early, but it is often not diagnosed until very late.
In fact, all doctors should aggressively diagnose pre-diabetes decades before diabetes occurs, and before any damage is done to your body. Damage begins with even slight changes in insulin and blood sugar.
Unfortunately, there is a continuum of risk from slightly abnormal insulin and blood sugar to full blown diabetes. This should be addressed as early as possible on the continuum.
In a recent study, anyone with a fasting blood sugar of over 4.8mmol/L was at increased risk of diabetes. The lowest risk group had a blood sugar less than 4.5mmol/L.
Most doctors are not concerned until the blood sugar is over 6.1mmol/L — or worse, over 7mmol/L, which is diabetes. Therefore, it is recommended that early testing should be done with anyone who has a family history of Type 2 diabetes, central abdominal weight gain or abnormal cholesterol.
Don’t wait until your sugar is high.
Testing for Insulin Resistance and Diabetes
Tests recommended include the following:
- Insulin Glucose Challenge Test
This should be done with a 2-hour glucose challenge, 75 grams measuring fasting, 1- and 2-hour blood sugar AND insulin. Your blood sugar should be less than 4.4mmol/L fasting and never rise above 6.1 or 6.7mmol/L after one to two hours. Your insulin should be less than 5 fasting and should never rise above 30 after one to two hours. This test is recommended for everyone over 50, and for anyone with any risk of insulin resistance, even children.
- Hemoglobin A1C Test
This is an important measure of glycated hemoglobin, which can be an early indicator of sugar problems. It measures sugars and proteins combining into glycated proteins called AGEs (advanced glycation end products), like the crust on bread, or the crispy top on crème brule. These create inflammation and oxidative stress throughout the body, and promote heart disease and dementia and accelerating aging. The hemoglobin A1C should ideally be less than 5.5. Anything over 6 is considered diabetes.
- Lipid Profiles
These are also important. An HDL or good cholesterol level under 1.55mmol/L and triglycerides over 1.129mmol/L should make you suspicious of insulin resistance. An HDL under 1.034mmol/L and a triglyceride level over 1.693mmol/L usually means diabetes.
We recommend a healthy diet in the first place. To control blood sugar levels, appetite and curb food cravings, take the Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement with each meal. If you are concerned about high cholesterol levels, the Manna Cholesterol Support supplement can help to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase the good cholesterol (HDL).