Drop that donut. Spit out the candy. No triple-scoop chocolate indulgence drizzled with hot fudge, caramel and dusted with butterfinger bits for you or you’ll get diabetes. You probably have heard that one before. Confession time: I too have said something similar to my boys when they were little and gullible. It was usually around Easter or Halloween.
Truth? Sugar itself doesn’t cause diabetes. However, frequent sweet binges are a bad idea because you are robbing yourself of the nutrients your body needs to function properly. Keep it up and your teeth will suffer, you’ll feel sluggish, maybe get headaches, and you will gain weight. It’s carbs that are the the offender as our body can quickly convert them to glucose. A carb heavy diet over a long period (say a lifetime) will add to excess weight which makes one a prime candidate for pre-diabetes.
Pre-diabetes (or impaired fasting glucose) means that your blood sugar level is higher than normal, but not high enough to be type 2 diabetes. It is usually picked up on routine blood work for a physical. If you were told your fasting blood sugar (at least an 8 hour fast) was 100-125 on more than one occasion, that is impaired fasting glucose. Your provider would next check a Hemoglobin A1c.
The A1C test measures your average blood glucose for the past 2 to 3 months. If it comes back 5.7-6.4%, that is pre-diabetes.
Consider it a blinking warning sign – because with this type of diabetes, most people don’t exhibit the physical signs that are associated with diabetes: constant thirst, frequent urination, and extreme fatigue.
Unless you make some lifestyle changes, odds are you will progress to type 2 diabetes in about 10 years. Pre-diabetics may already have the start of circulatory system damage, so take this seriously.
If you haven’t had your glucose level checked, get one done, and have it re-checked yearly.
If you have impaired fasting glucose, there is good news. Research shows you can lower your risk of developing diabetes if you:
The bad news is if you don’t make these changes now, you are on the road to diabetes. Now that you know what you know, you can change your future. You can bypass the road to diabetes and take the route to health and longevity.
Does Miss Piggy have pre-diabetes? Nope. Muppets can get muppilomas and muppicitis, but not pre-diabetes.