Prediabetes is a grave health condition where your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. It’s a pressing matter as the condition is becoming more and more rampant these days owing to our sedentary lifestyle and lack of physical activity. Amongst those with prediabetes, 90% don’t even know they have it, which makes it further more worrisome. Persons with prediabetes are at the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, and strokes later on in life.
What causes Prediabetes?
Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas that enables the processing of sugar in our body. Inadequate sugar processing leads to accumulation in the blood instead of being used as energy source for the cells. When we consume food, pancreas secrete insulin that allows sugar to enter the cells and provide energy. Your body does not respond normally to insulin if you have prediabetes. Your pancreas makes more insulin to try to get the cells to respond. Ultimately, your pancreas fails to keep up, resulting in a rise in your blood sugar levels and paving the way for type 2 diabetes eventually.
Prediabetic condition comes disguised in various forms making a diagnosis difficult, so it often goes undetected until serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes show up. It’s important to talk to your doctor about getting your blood sugar tested if you have any of the risk factors for prediabetes. However, one good news about prediabetes is that it can be reversed.
Some symptoms or signs that you must keep an eye out for:
- Being obese
- Being 45 years or older
- Having a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes
- Being physically active, less than 3 times a week
- Ever having gestational diabetes or while giving birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds
- Developing polycystic ovary syndrome
Ways you can steer away from developing prediabetes:
If you have family history of diabetese and at high risk of developing the same, losing some weight if you’re overweight and getting regular physical activity can lower the risk to a large extent. Regular physical activity implies getting at least 150 minutes a week of brisk walking or spot jogging. With just about 30 minutes workout a day, five days a week, you can manage the condition and control it.
Some easy techniques to deploy in your journey to good life include:
Get guidance from a trained coach and make practical, lasting lifestyle changes.
Start eating healthily and add more physical activity into your day.
Find out how to regulate stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can slow your progress.
Try and get support from people with similar goals and challenges.