25 July 2008

Dealing With Prediabetes

Prediabetes is a condition that is some sort of "transition period" before one develops full-blown diabetes.

In prediabetes, there is impaired glucose tolerance and elevated fasting blood sugar levels, but not high enough to be classified as diabetic.

What is wrong with being prediabetic?

It puts a person at risk not only for having diabetes type 2, but in developing cardiovascular complications. That is why doctors will always advice patients and healthy individuals to be extra cautious in recognizing early diabetes, and to make certain lifestyle changes while they still can.

To deal with prediabetes, diabetic experts have recently come up with a "one-two punch:"
  1. Lifestyle changes - if you are overweight or obese, lose weight; one hour of moderate exercise 5 days a week will go a long way; quit smoking; if hypertensive, lower your blood pressure by cutting back on your salt intake; if your cholesterol is high, limit your fatty-food intake; shift from eating fried foods to broiled, baked, or steamed; add more fiber in your diet by incorporating more vegetables and whole grain products.

  2. Take Medications - if lifestyle changes mentioned above are insufficient in bringing your weight, your high blood pressure, and blood sugar and fat levels down, then, you might want to ask your doctor for medications.

Those are the two approaches recommended by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists in their current meeting sessions in Washington, DC these past few days.

On fresh fruit juices: while they might prevent you from developing cancer, there is a recent diabetic risk mentioned days ago about fruit juices.

That study was published last week in Diabetes Care, a peer-reviewed medical journal.

The conclusion said that while eating fruit and green leafy vegetables were associated with a decreased diabetic risk, drinking fruit juices is NOT. It actually was associated with an "increased hazard."

A simple explanation will tell you that eating takes time, and so, blood sugar spikes are not that immediate. But with drinking, it goes straight to your gut, with less digestion involved. Hence, it contributes directly to increased blood sugar levels. That's the main reason why it is a diabetic risk.
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