Prediabetes is one of the fastest growing health issues, and the scary thing is that most people don’t realize they have it.
What is Prediabetes?
Prediabetes is when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. If prediabetes is not treated, it can easily become type 2 diabetes within 10 years or even less. If you suffer from prediabetes, the long-term effects of diabetes — like heart and circulatory system damage — may already have started.
Luckily there is some good news! Prediabetes may actually pose the opportunity for you to improve your overall health, and with the right steps you can prevent prediabetes from turning into type 2 diabetes.
By means of healthy lifestyle changes you may be able to bring your blood sugar level back to normal. Such healthy lifestyle changes include eating healthy foods, upping your exercise routine, and maintaining a healthy weight.
Symptoms of Prediabetes
One of the biggest dangers of prediabetes is that it usually does not have any noticeable symptoms.
A possible sign that you might be on your way towards type 2 diabetes can be patches of darkened skin on the body due to a condition called acanthosis nigricans. These patches usually develop in certain areas such as the neck, elbows, armpits, knees, and on the knuckles.
Common symptoms that you could mean that your prediabetes has developed into type 2 diabetes can include:
- Constant Fatigue
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Blurry vision
Contributing Factors for Prediabetes
Certain factors may increase the risk of developing prediabetes, these include:
- Being overweight, with a body mass index above 25
- Being inactive
- When you are at age 45 or older
- Type 2 diabetes runs in your family
- You’re African, Hispanic or Asian
- You developed gestational diabetes whilst pregnant, or gave birth to a baby who weighed more than 4.1 kilograms
- You suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome(PCOS) — a condition characterized by irregular menstrual periods, excess hair growth, and obesity
- You have high blood pressure
- Your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is below 0.9 mmol/L, or your triglyceride level is above 2.83 mmol/L
Complications of prediabetes
The most serious complication of prediabetes is its ability to suddenly to turn into type 2 diabetes, which can lead to various health issues like:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
Treatment of Prediabetes
With the right lifestyle changes it is possible to bring your blood sugar levels back to normal, or at least keep them lower than those levels of somebody with type 2 diabetes. Recommendations to help keep prediabetes from progressing to type 2 diabetes include:
Eating healthy foods –
Low in fat, low calorie, but high fiber foods are the best option.
Focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Make sure to strive for variety to help you achieve your goals without compromising taste or nutrition. Download the free Manna Diet e-Book for all the info, menu plans and recipes to help you achieve your weight loss goal.
Getting enough of the right exercise –
Aim for at least 30 to 60 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week. Don’t let more than two days go by without some exercise.
You don’t have to spend hours on end in the gym; just taking a brisk daily walk, riding your bike, swimming a few laps already goes a long way. If you can’t fit in a long workout, break it up into smaller sessions that you spread throughout the day.
We recommend including resistance training, such as weightlifting, twice a week.
Losing excess weight –
If you’re overweight, losing just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight — that’s only 4.5 to 9 kilograms if you weigh 90 kilograms — can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes!
To keep your weight in a healthy range, focus on permanent changes to your eating and exercise habits rather than crash diets.
Keep yourself motivated by remembering the benefits of losing weight, such as a healthier heart, more energy and improved self-esteem.
Follow the Manna Diet for an easy-to-use diet and by taking the Manna Blood Sugar Support with each meal can help to regulate blood sugar levels in such a way as to suppress appetite and curb cravings.
When taken with food, the organic fibers and essential sugars in Manna Blood Sugar Support has a gelling effect, slowing down the release of glucose from the food to the blood stream. When blood sugar levels are under control, the body’s requirement for insulin will be less and therefore high insulin levels can reduce over time.
Healthy blood sugar levels can help to curb cravings, suppress appetite and it can also help to prevent diabetes health complications.
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