Prediabetes is a health condition that occurs when your blood sugar is consistently higher than normal. People who are diagnosed as a “Prediabetic” do not have Diabetes, however, they are at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. Normal fasting blood sugar ranges 60-100 mg/dl. If you have Prediabetes, your fasting blood sugar will fall between 100- 125 mg/dl. A fasting blood sugar measures the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood after you have not eaten for at least 8 hours. If the fasting blood sugar level is above 126mg/dl, you have Type 2 Diabetes.
In a non-diabetic person, the action of insulin helps the glucose (sugar) in your blood to enter into your body’s cells for storage, and use at a later time when needed. If you haven’t eaten in awhile, the liver will release the glucose that was stored in the cells into your blood stream to keep your blood sugar at a normal level. In Prediabetes, your cells become resistant to insulin, or your pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, which causes your blood sugar level to remain elevated (higher than normal).
Who Is At Risk For Prediabetes?
You may be at risk for developing Prediabetes if you have any of the following risk factors:
· Family history of Type 2 Diabetes
· Diagnosed with Diabetes while you were pregnant
· Have high blood pressure (also known as hypertension)
· High LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol)
· Low HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol)
· High triglycerides
How To Delay or Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?
You can delay, or even prevent Type 2 Diabetes, if you take an active role in managing your health. Here is a list of healthful lifestyle habits that can assist you to delay or prevent Diabetes.
· Develop healthy eating habits. Eat foods that are low in fat and calories. Add more fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and whole grains in your diet.
· Exercise. Become more physically active. Exercising on a routine basis can help to lower your risk. Focus on exercising at least 20 minutes daily.
· Lose weight, if you are overweight. Focus on making permanent
If you have any of the risk factors for Prediabetes, talk to your doctor about preventive steps you can take to reduce the possibility of developing Diabetes. A simple lab test for any of the potential indicators for Diabetes , can be found online at iNeedLabs.com