Pre-Diabetes

All right, it’s time to share a story. A couple of years ago I went to my doctors for my annual physical. My P.A. ordered the standard blood panel. After getting the test done, I was called in. My P.A. went over the results with me. She explained to me that my Ac1 (blood sugar) was a little high. I was 20 at the time and I want to tell her the truth. I ate way more than the serving size of Oreos the night before I got my blood work done. It was only a .1 higher out of the normal range. I couldn’t understand why it was such a big deal. She ordered me a new blood panel in 3 months. I can see why she was worried, my mother and everyone older than 50 on her side of the family has Diabetes. 3 months later I went and got the blood work done and everything was back to normal. I haven’t had an Oreo since.

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Annual physicals can help with pre-diabetes. (Photo: DeathStock)

Oh, Sugar

One of the reasons I started this blog was to inform people my age the importance of health. It is kind of scary that some Oreos can do that much damage. 90% of people with pre-diabetes are unaware of it. Diabetes is not much your mother’s disease, in 2010 there were an estimated 1.9 million people age 20 and over newly diagnosed with it. The good thing is pre-diabetes is kind of like a security guard. You can either have a great security guard and don’t let Diabetes in. On the other hand, you can have an alright security guard who over time sneaks their pals diabetes in.

Straight Out of Diabetes

Let’s break this pre-diabetes thing down. There is a hormone that is in the center of anything related to diabetes called Insulin. The pancreas the weird looking organ that looks like a jacked-up produces it. Insulin has an important role in the body; it helps keep everything in balance. If your blood sugar is too high or too low you can feel it. Overtime time if your body is producing too much Insulin it will build up a resistance to it. Basically, the body can absorb it as well. When you get blood work done, they might screen your Ac1, which is your blood sugar. There are ranges and if you score out of the normal range, but not high enough to be a diabetic then you are in the pre-diabetes end zone. The suffix can only conclude that pre-diabetes will become full on Type 2 Diabetes.

Cause for Concern

Before, you go and run to your doctor and demand a blood test, here are some causes of pre-diabetes.

  • Weight

Even if you are naturally thin you are still at risk. There can be fat around your organs. If you are overweight, there is a link with fat around the waist area as a red flag for pre-diabetes.

  • No Physical Activity

Exercise is a great natural way to regulate your blood sugar. Glucose (blood sugar) is the first to be burned off when working out.

  • Sleep

Sleep problems like sleep apnea have shown to correlate with pre-diabetes. If you know you don’t get REM sleep (deep sleep) there might be a problem.

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Leaner meats like seafood can help with pre-diabetes. (Photo:
Adrien Sala

Pre is Key

There is a study from Obesity Studies that looked the food pre-diabetics ate and which diet reversed their Ac1 (blood sugar). One reason they did this study was in the past low calories would not help pre-diabetics. Researchers being innovated were like hmmm, let us look at what they are eating not how much. One group ate a high protein diet. No, they were not eating steak and mash potatoes. They were eating leaner meat (turkey), fish, and chicken. The other group was a high carb diet. Out of the two diets, the High Protein group had a 100% rate of lowering their blood sugar and getting out of the pre-diabetes range. The High Carb did have some success, but not like the High Protein.

I think the number 1 to prevent pre-diabetes at a young age is to go for annual physicals. I mentioned at the beginning of my story. If I didn’t go and kept eating Oreos, I would have never known I was at risk. My P.A. and I caught it when it was .1 over the normal range. That was an easy fix. The majority of the illness our parents have is due to lifestyle. They come from the generation when a doctor visit is for treating. Our generation needs to go to the doctor for preventing. If you don’t have a baseline for your health, how can you change it?

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